A healthy smile is more than white teeth. The gums, bones, salivary glands, and soft tissue in your mouth are all essential components to a healthy smile. To ensure you keep your smile in good form, we offer these tips to keep your teeth looking and feeling great.
Schedule an Appointment Before Pain
At Hill Country Oral Surgery, we often see patients who wait too long to schedule a visit. They postpone coming in until they are in a great deal of pain. Our goal is to ensure our patients have the best oral health with preventative care. This includes routine cleanings, screenings, and treatment to prevent painful problems from ever happening.
Scheduling regular visits prevent future oral health problems. If there is a problem, it’s best to act quickly before the issue intensifies. Whether it includes wisdom tooth extraction, jaw surgery, or impacted canines. If these concerns are not addressed in the early stages, pain and more extensive surgery may ensue.
Clean the Entire Mouth
Cavities start between the teeth, and gum disease is beneath the gums. A quick brush daily will not reach enough surface to remove bacteria in these problem areas. Flossing will remove tartar and plaque between the teeth. Using an antiseptic mouth rinse daily will prevent bacteria buildup in your mouth.
Have a Daily Routine
Brushing twice daily using the correct method and flossing at least once per day will drastically prevent oral problems in the future. It will also help keep the bacteria that could build up at bay. Being faithful to this routine will combat cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.
Drink Plenty of Water
Avoid sugary, acidic drinks like sodas and too much coffee, and increase your water intake. Not only will your teeth thank you, but your overall health will improve. Water serves as a mouth rinse to clean food particles, reduce bacteria, and improve bad breath. You can neutralize the staining caused by soda, coffee, or wine by upping your water intake.
Address Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a risk factor for cavities. The saliva naturally rinses your teeth and destroys bacterial colonies that live on your teeth. There are treatment plans available for dry mouth. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can cause health problems to your teeth as well.