HELPING YOU ENJOY YOUR HEALTHY SMILE
At our office, we view your oral health as an important part of your overall health and wellbeing. That’s why we emphasize the importance of keeping with good oral health practices as part of a complete wellness routine. During your routine dental visits, we’ll help you take better care of your smile at home through personalized oral health counseling and education on the most importance aspects of your oral health care. The better equipped you are to properly care for your smile at home, the lower your chances are of needing additional treatment the next time you attend a routine exam and cleaning.
DAILY HYGIENE PRACTICES
- Brushing and flossing – It’s important to remember to brush your teeth at least twice every day and to floss at least once, preferably before bed time. Oral plaque, which is made up of hundreds of types of oral bacteria, is a constant threat, and if you allow it to remain on your teeth long enough, it will calcify into tartar. Once it does, you won’t be able to brush it away any longer.
- Rinsing with mouthwash – Using mouthwash when you clean your teeth can give you a significant advantage in removing harmful plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Ask your dentist about anti-bacterial mouthwash that can specifically combat the harmful microbes that lead to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
- Regular dental visits – Routine professional exams and cleanings are a vital part of your oral hygiene routine. When plaque does calcify into tartar, only your dentist or hygienist can remove it, using professional equipment to carefully clean your teeth and gums without harming your tooth enamel. If you wait too long, the bacteria into tartar can have enough time to lead to more serious oral health issues.
HEALTHIER SMILE NUTRITION
What you eat and how often you eat it plays another important role in your daily oral hygiene routine. The bacteria that lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more feed on the nutrients in your food and beverages. They convert many of these nutrients, such as sugar, into substances like acids, toxins, and more. The more often you eat or snack throughout the day, and the more those foods contain substances like sugars and carbs, the more rapidly oral bacteria can metabolize them. Limit your consumption of sugary substances, time your snacks appropriately instead of stretching them out throughout the whole day, and rinse your mouth with water as often as possible after eating.
LEARN TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOUR SMILE
To learn more, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, at 816-942-7669. We proudly serve patients and families who live in South Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and all nearby communities.