Your teeth play a bigger role in your health than just helping you to chew food and speak clearly. Good dental health has a positive effect on your heart, circulation, and digestion. In addition, healthy teeth make you look good and instill confidence. Here are four ways to protect your dental health.

Routine Checkups

Don’t wait to go to the dentist only when you have a toothache. Schedule twice-a-year dental checkups for a thorough oral exam, x-rays, and professional cleaning. The dentist can more easily treat problems with your teeth or mouth tissues when they are found early. Cleaning by a dental hygienist will help to keep your teeth looking good and staying strong. Preventative oral care tips and supplies are often dispensed during these visits to help you maintain effective dental hygiene at home.

Daily Oral Hygiene

The dentist staff can advise you about proper dental care techniques to be used daily. For example, you should use the proper toothbrush and bristle style for your age and teeth needs. Choose the best toothpaste for your dental care, such as one that contains fluoride or that promotes gum health. Daily flossing after meals is also important. You can probably have your choice of dental floss to use, whether waxed or unwaxed and mint flavored or plain. Al rinse to help reduce plaque and prevent cavities may also be suggested.

Corrective Procedures

At some point you may be referred to a specialist for treatment concerning a targeted issue. A periodontist can address problems like gum disease or receding gums. An orthodontist is able to evaluate your need for braces or related treatment to align your teeth or jaws. An oral surgeon can remove your wisdom teeth if needed. Get a consultation with recommended specialists to consider procedures that can fix oral problems and keep your teeth healthy.

Teeth Replacements

If you lose teeth or have some that are chipped, cracked, or broken, you should look into replacement options for aesthetic as well as functional purposes. Depending on your dental health and the nature of the problem, you may be a candidate for a tooth crown, a partial bridge, or dental implants. These options can remove damaged teeth and orchestrate your remaining teeth with dental appliances or adjustments to work efficiently together.

People of all ages want their teeth to last and work well in addition to looking healthy and white. Follow practices like these to keep your teeth attractive and in good condition.

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Lizzie Weakley

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