Tips for Improving Oral Health
Patients can reduce their risk for common oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, by taking steps to improve their oral health. This will help maintain an attractive appearance, reduce future dental costs and support health throughout the body. Here are our top tips for improving oral health.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A balanced diet of whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals will aid the immune system and strengthen the teeth. By contrast, processed foods that are full of sugar but low in nutrients are known to cause or contribute to cavities and gum disease.
Brush and Floss Daily
According to the ADA, brushing should be performed twice each day, while flossing should be performed at least once every day. When a toothbrush becomes worn, patients should replace it to ensure optimal removal of accumulated food and bacteria.
Get Regular Dental Check Ups
Regular biannual visits to our office allow for examinations of the teeth and gums with thorough cleaning of the teeth. If problems are found during the exam, appropriate treatment can be scheduled. Regular cleaning effectively complements home dental hygiene and removes light stains.
Certain habits, such as smoking, harm dental health and should be avoided. Patients should discuss their medications with our dentist to determine whether certain ones may be to blame for ongoing dental issues. In some cases, alternative medications can be substituted to better support oral health. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist in West Hollywood to learn more about how they can improve their dental health.
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