Expert Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Smile in 2023 and Beyond
At Nomura Ortho, we understand the importance of a healthy smile. That's why we offer a range of orthodontic services, including braces, clear aligners, and retainers, to help our patients achieve the smile they've always wanted. But maintaining a healthy smile goes beyond just straight teeth. It also involves proper dental care and hygiene, including regular check-ups and cleanings. Their team of experienced dentists and staff can help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
Essential Oral Hygiene Routines for a Healthy Smile
Oral hygiene routines that are consistent and effective are essential for preserving a healthy smile. Tooth decay and gum disease can both be avoided to some extent if one brushes their teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice per day. Plaque and food particles can be removed from areas between your teeth and under your gumline that are difficult to access if you floss every day. Tooth decay and erosion can be prevented to some extent by reducing the amount of sugary and acidic foods and beverages that are consumed on a regular basis. Consuming a sufficient amount of water to maintain hydration helps rinse away food particles as well as bacteria, both of which can contribute to bad breath.
The Importance of Regular Checkups and Fluoride for Oral Health
It is absolutely necessary to see your dentist at least once every six months or as directed in order to keep your oral health in pristine condition. Dental problems can be identified and prevented before they become more severe if one maintains a regular cleaning and checkup schedule. Using a fluoride mouthwash or mouthwash that contains fluoride can also help kill bacteria and strengthen the enamel on your teeth.
Protecting Your Oral Health: Quitting Smoking and Wearing Mouthguards
It is essential for your oral health that you give up smoking and any other form of tobacco use, as these behaviors can raise your risk of periodontal disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth and jaw from injury if you participate in sports that involve contact or if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
Dental Implants for a Healthy Smile
Dental implants are an additional component that contributes significantly to the maintenance of good oral health. As a result of their ability to mimic the appearance and performance of natural teeth, dental implants have become an increasingly popular and successful method for replacing missing teeth. According to Dr. Derrick Johnston
of Noblesville Family Dentistry
, "implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone in a surgical procedure. After a period of healing, the implants become one with the jawbone and serve as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth or bridges. Just like natural teeth, dental implants need to be cared for with proper oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing on a consistent basis to avoid gum disease and other oral health complications. Both natural teeth and dental implants should receive routine examinations and cleanings, as recommended by dental professionals, in order to preserve their health."
Overall Health and Cosmetic Dentistry for a Beautiful Smile
Your oral health can benefit from adopting healthy lifestyle habits that are beneficial to your overall health, such as maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and learning to effectively manage stress. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, consider cosmetic dental treatments such as veneers or teeth whitening if you want to improve your smile's appearance. You can keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful for many years to come if you just follow these few easy steps.
Glossary Of Terms
- the branch of biology concerned with the study of the structure of organisms and their parts.
- single-celled microorganisms that can be beneficial or harmful to humans.
- a method used to evaluate an individual's risk for developing dental caries (tooth decay).
- a substance used in conjunction with a toothbrush to clean teeth and maintain oral hygiene.
- Enamel is the hard, calcified tissue covering the crown of teeth.
- A ligament is a fibrous connective tissue that connects bones to other bones in a joint.
- Molars are large teeth located at the back of the mouth that are used for grinding and chewing food.
- A nerve is a bundle of fibers that transmits impulses of sensation to the brain or spinal cord, and impulses from these to the muscles and organs.
- Oral hygiene refers to the practice of maintaining one's mouth clean and free of disease by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash regularly.
- A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system).
- Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease by removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline.
- A toothbrush is an oral hygiene instrument used to clean teeth, gums, and tongue by brushing with toothpaste or other dental products.