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How to take care of your teeth between dental visits

Posted in Dental Care, General Dentistry | July 15, 2022

Mixed race little patient showing her perfect toothy smile while sitting dentists chairWhile it is vital that you visit the dentist as recommended by the American Dental Association, it is also important that you take proper care of your smile between these appointments. Dr. Kenneth Egger of Mount Pleasant, MI, encourages you to follow specific recommendations to maintain a healthy smile all year long!

How can I take care of my smile between dental cleanings and examinations?

  • Brushing can remove food particles from the surfaces of the teeth and gums while also keeping plaque from forming. Plaque is a sticky substance that can contribute to the development of cavities and periodontal disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with fluoride toothpaste to brush after every meal, if possible.
  • Flossing at least once a day can remove food stuck between teeth that can result in the formation of tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Eating a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep teeth and gums healthy by providing the necessary nutrients. Avoid sugary foods and beverages and sticky candy that can cling to the teeth.
  • Limiting acidic foods and drinks. Acidic beverages like sports drinks, soda, and citrus juice can erode tooth enamel over time. If you consume acidic beverages, drink them through a straw to help limit contact with the teeth.
  • Visiting your dentist regularly. Dental cleanings and examinations can remove built-up plaque and tartar while also identifying potential problems. Be sure to schedule an appointment at least twice a year. Taking these steps can help you maintain a healthy smile between dental visits.
  • Avoiding tobacco use. Tobacco products can contribute to various oral health problems, including gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth cancer. If you use tobacco products, talk to your dentist about ways to quit.

Learn more about caring for your smile!

These are just a few things you can do to take care of your smile between dental cleanings and examinations. For more information, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Egger and his team in Mount Pleasant, MI. Call 989-773-3560 to request a visit and get started caring for your smile for a lifetime!


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