Your smile needs to be taken care of in order to maintain oral health and wellness throughout your lifetime. With the help of Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team, patients in and around the Albuquerque, NM, area will keep their teeth and gums healthy with time. Many patients who visit his office may have questions about how to properly care for the smile and improve dental health to achieve the healthy smiles they’ve always wanted!
How can I properly care for my smile?
Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM, advise that proper dental hygiene includes:
- Brushing your teeth. Brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush and an appropriate fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist. It is ideal to brush after every snack and meal, but at least twice a day is effective as well in removing plaque, the sticky film that sometimes remains on the teeth each day.
- Flossing daily. Flossing removes food particles from between the teeth. If you do not floss, you are actually missing the opportunity to clean approximately 40% of your tooth surfaces! Flossing should be done at least once a day.
- Visiting for regular check-ups and cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends patients visit their dental team at least twice a year, or every six months, to maintain a healthy smile and catch developing problems in their earliest stages.
- Limiting sugary foods. If you limit or eliminate sugary foods and drinks, which can lead to tooth decay, you are being proactive about protecting your smile from cavities and other complications such as periodontal disease.
What can happen if you don’t care for your smile?
A variety of problems may develop if you are not being prudent about taking care of your teeth and gums. These include the development of infection, the formation of tooth decay, and complications such as abscesses and disease. Working with your dentist regularly is the first step in achieving oral health and wellness!
Following these tips can help you in keeping your smile bright and healthy!
If you reside in the area of Albuquerque, NM, and want to speak to Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team about preventative dentistry, call 505-881-1159 to request an appointment.