Our office is currently providing only emergency treatment for our Lake Orion, MI, patients. We’re doing this to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the more vulnerable members of our community. Now that you’re spending more time at home, maintaining good oral hygiene is more important than ever. We’re going to talk about proper brushing and flossing, and how your food and drink choices could impact your oral health.
The Dangers of Cavities and Gum Disease
A combination of poor oral hygiene and diets high in sugar and starch could lead to plaque buildup accumulating on the surfaces of your teeth. This sticky bacterial byproduct will weaken and erode outer enamel and also irritate and inflame gum tissue, increasing the risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Unless treated, cavities could lead to tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and eventually a painful infection. Gum disease could cause sore, red gums that bleed easily. In the advanced stage, known as periodontitis, the risk of adult tooth loss increases. Fortunately, daily care can help protect your smile!
Routine Daily Care
You should start each day by brushing your teeth for about two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the outer enamel. You need to do the same before bed. We also urge people to floss in between their teeth, moving the tape up and down each side of each individual tooth. You need to dip below the gums too, to reach and remove all trapped food particles. Doing so prevents bacteria from breaking down stray food particles and causing cavities or periodontal issues.
A Smile Healthy Diet
You can also help your smile by choosing healthy snack and drink options. When you stock up at the store, try to avoid the temptation to grab sugar candies or starchy chips. Cut back on sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks too. Instead, drink more water, which hydrates and helps cleanse your smile. We also suggest more fruits and veggies, low-fat yogurt, sugar-free gum, nuts, and cheeses. These items are less likely to feed harmful bacteria, and can aid in the reduction of plaque and tartar forming on the smile. If you have any questions about caring for your smile each day, or choosing a smile healthy snack and drink choices, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Any Questions?
We want to make sure you and your family have the knowledge to care for your smiles and protect yourselves from serious oral health issues. If you do begin to experience pain in your smile, let us know, as you may need an emergency visit to treat a cavity or infection. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.