How to Maintain a Healthy Smile

Dr. David Rever and the team at Advanced Total Dental Care provide professional dental care and offer general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options to patients. However, there are also several things you can do at home to make sure that you’re maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Learn more about these tips below:

Brush and Floss Every Day

This may seem obvious, but brushing and flossing teeth twice a day can help combat tooth decay. If possible, brush and floss your teeth after every meal. Food particles that get stuck between teeth can quickly turn into tartar and then plaque. Removing these particles can help prevent plaque from building up and can also prevent gum disease.

Replace Toothbrushes

It is important to remember to replace your toothbrush or brush head about every three months. When brush bristles are bent out of shape they clean less effectively. Bacteria can accumulate on toothbrushes over time and you can be more prone to cavities if your toothbrush is not cleaning your teeth as it should be.

Use Fluoride

Toothpaste and mouthwashes that contain fluoride also benefit your teeth. Fluoride is a salt that helps prevent tooth decay and fight cavities and is also found in municipal water.

Eat Healthy Foods

Soda, candy, and other sugary snacks can cause cavities and accelerate tooth decay. Fruits and vegetables can benefit not only your physical health but your oral health. The crunchy texture of foods like celery and apples can scrape food particles off of teeth and stimulate saliva production to keep your mouth clean. Dairy products that are rich in calcium also help to strengthen your teeth.

Schedule Regular Check-ups

Getting a regular checkup every six months allows Dr. Rever and his team to see if there are any developing oral health problems that need to be treated. Even if you follow all of our other dental hygiene tips, regular professional cleanings are important as our dentists are able to reach areas that are difficult to clean.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Call Advanced Total Dental Care today at (301) 637-0960 for comfortable and comprehensive care. You can also schedule an appointment online.