The importance of a healthy smile cannot be overstated. Your set of teeth is one of the greatest tools that your body has to offer you. Not only do they provide you with the functionality of everyday actions such as talking and eating, but they can also play a large role in your confidence, career, and social life.
Achieving a healthy smile takes time and persistence, especially if bad habits are already in place. It is understandably a point of frustration for many people, but it is your dedication and consistency to improving your oral hygiene that will yield results. Unfortunately, there is no quick, easy fix; that’s why Drs. Rosen & Dworkin have compiled a list of 5 steps to help you reach your healthier, happier smile.
Read on to learn more, and if you are in or around the Marlton, NJ area, contact the office of Drs. Rosen & Dworkin today to see how we can help.
Form & Maintain a Routine
Improving your oral hygiene is similar to practicing a skill or working out. You will get out of it what you put into it, and just like any skill or exercise, it’s essential to start with the fundamentals.
Brushing & Flossing
Creating a routine is essential for good oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once. It is said time and time again, but at the end of the day, following this formula religiously is the most critical step in creating a healthy smile. If you were to follow only one step from this guide, it should be this one.
That’s not to say that there aren’t other important factors, but creating a strong routine of brushing and flossing everyday will greatly improve your overall oral health.
There are plenty of practices that you can add to your routine that will help the process along. If you struggle with keeping your breath fresh, consider adding a mouthwash rinse to the end of one or both of your daily brushing sessions. Chewing sugar-free gum occasionally throughout the day or after meals is also a great way to combat bad breath when you are on the go.
Consider Your Tools
Maintaining your oral care routine is crucial to the success of your oral health;however, it is not the only factor that is involved. Ensuring that you are using the right tools for the job is also vastly important.
Make sure you have a good toothbrush (soft bristles, round tip) and that you are changing it out regularly. The ADA recommends changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months to ensure your brushing remains clean and effective. It is also imperative to consider your toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is highly recommended by most dentists and will help fight against cavities.
Stick to a Healthy Diet
Diet and nutrition have a meaningful impact on the health of your teeth. Of course, keeping a healthy diet is beneficial in all facets of life, but when in regards to your oral hygiene, there are certain foods will have the most prominent positive and negative effects on your smile.
Sugary and acidic foods and drinks have been linked to an increased risk of cavities and tooth decay and should be avoided whenever possible. Drinks such as coffee, tea, or red wine in excess can also cause significant staining.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are many foods that help to fortify your teeth. Calcium-rich foods (yogurt, low or nonfat milk, and cheeses), vitamin C enriched foods (bell peppers and oranges), foods that are high in phosphorus (eggs) and lean meats (fish and chicken) all will have a positive impact on your overall oral hygiene.
Go to the Dentist
It sounds simple, but most people are not hitting the recommended two yearly visits to their dentist per year. Keeping up with your checkups and cleanings is crucial to maintaining a healthy, comfortable smile. If you are only going to the dentist when something hurts, you are going too infrequently.
Your dentist has the knowledge and expertise to properly diagnose problems, sometimes even before they affect you in any way. If you are having any dental pain, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible so you can properly address any problems you may have before they become even more uncomfortable, or worse, permanent.
Consider a Cosmetic or Restorative Procedure
If you have your complete set of teeth but are looking to give it a little extra shine, a cosmetic dental procedure may be what you are looking for. Cosmetic dentistry encompases everything from teeth whitening all the way to veneers and crowns. These procedures range in both price and invasiveness, so make sure to discuss all of your options with your dentist to ensure your find what is right for you.
Restorative dentistry refers to the repair or replacement of damaged or lost teeth. There are many different practices that fall under the restorative category, and much like with cosmetics, they all vary, so not all restorative procedures are created equal. Drs. Rosen & Dworkin recommend “All On 4” dental implants for the best quality and most permanent solution to missing teeth.
If you are interested in talking about your restorative or cosmetic dentistry options, call your dentist to set up a consultation.
Let Them Shine
Don’t let yourself be held back by your smile. Take control of your oral hygiene with these steps, and you will be on your way to a brighter, healthier smile. It may take time and will certainly take some effort, but a confident smile and healthy teeth are worth the journey. Not only will you look better, but you will feel better.
If you are in the Marlton, NJ area and are looking for a local, trusted dentist office for anything from general check-ups to a cosmetic or restorative procedure, contact the office of Rosen & Dworkin today to set up your appointment.