Keep Your Smile Healthy
While oral care should seem simple enough it’s important that you know how to properly care for your smile.
You go through a lot of the same routines every day: making your bed, drinking coffee, taking a shower. It may seem as if you are just going through the motions by now because it’s become so ingrained. Of course, you may feel the same way about your oral care routine. However, being on autopilot isn’t always a good idea if you are trying to maintain a healthy smile. Our Lynchburg, VA, dentist, Dr. Kevin Midkiff, offers up some ways to make sure your smile stays healthy.
Know How to Brush and Floss
It may sound silly, especially since you’ve been caring for your smile for so long, but you wouldn’t believe how many adults never actually learned how to properly care for their smile. Use a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush and position the brush at a 45-degree angle near the gum line. Use circular motions when brushing and never press down too hard, as this can damage enamel over time.
You should also be flossing every day. It’s important to note that flossing can be a bit uncomfortable at first. Those who don’t floss often may find that gums will bleed a bit once they start flossing again. Don’t let this stop you from flossing. Your gums will begin to toughen up the more you floss. If you notice that gums are swollen, red or bleeding even after weeks of flossing then it’s time to see your Lynchburg general dentist.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Regardless of whether you use chewing tobacco or smoke cigarettes, these products can wreak havoc on your oral health. From bad breath and nasty stains to more serious issues like an increase in gum disease, dental implant failure, tooth loss, bone loss and oral cancer, there are so many reasons why it really is important to ditch this bad habit. If you need help quitting, talk to us.
Say Goodbye to Diet Soda
You may think you’re doing something kind for your health by ditching all the sugar but diet soda is actually just as bad for your teeth. Even without the sugar, it’s still chock full of acid, which can eat away at teeth enamel and lead to decay.
We know you lead a busy life but you still need to make time to see us for routine checkups. This is the best way to detect serious issues before they actually become serious. As you get older you are more likely to develop new issues like gum disease or oral cancer, so coming in regularly is important for your oral and general health.
Do you have questions about your oral hygiene? Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Whatever you need our Lynchburg, VA, dental office is ready to help. Call us anytime.