Good dental health can seem fairly simple. After all, as long as you consistently brush and floss your teeth and refrain from eating too much sugar, you should be able to keep your teeth healthy. However, truly maintaining your good dental health may require a bit more effort than many people believe. Besides brushing and flossing, there are several things you can do every day to protect your teeth and gums, as well as sticking to a routine of scheduled visits to your dentist.
Good Dentistry at Home
While brushing and flossing is the main way to do it, the point of good hygiene is to protect your teeth by controlling the plaque that tries to overwhelm them. To maintain your control over dental plaque, you can also;
- Drink more water, which rinses away the food debris and bacteria that form plaque
- Carry a small toothbrush and toothpaste to work so you can brush your teeth after lunch
- Limit how often you snack; the more you eat, the more plaque bacteria can form throughout the day
- If you must drink soda, juice, or other sugar-laden beverages, then save them for larger meals to help negate the threat to your teeth. Also, sip water between drinks, and be sure to brush your teeth at least 30 minutes after your meal.
The Role Professional Dentistry Plays
One of the more important, and often-overlooked, aspects of long-term good dental health is the role of your routine dental checkups and cleanings. While some patients may need less-frequent visits than others, everyone needs regular preventive dentistry appointments to effectively defeat plaque and its calcified form, tartar. Dental checkups also allow us to carefully check your teeth, gums, tongue, and oral tissues for warning signs of developing diseases, such as tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and more.
ABOUT YOUR BUTLER, PA, DENTIST:
Dr. Keelan and our dedicated team at Keelan Dental offer patients the comfortable, convenient dental care that everyone needs and deserves. To schedule an initial consultation, or your next dental appointment, call our office in Butler, PA at (724) 285-4153. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.