In honor of Oral Health Month, Dr. Cain and the staff of Today’s Dentistry in Crossville, TN would like to take a moment to emphasize the benefits of maintaining your oral health. Keeping your smile healthy with regular oral hygiene and preventive dental care will keep you smiling for a lifetime!
Good oral health goes beyond just a white smile and fresh breath. Maintaining your oral health not only prevents tooth decay and gum disease but poor dental health increases the risk of other health concerns such as cardiovascular and systemic disease.
One of the most important keys to maintaining good oral health is establishing and sticking with an effective oral routine at home. Dr. Cain recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, including once before bed, with toothpaste that contains fluoride to help strengthen the enamel of the teeth. It is also important to change your toothbrush regularly because a worn toothbrush will improperly clean your teeth. Flossing once a day is also essential because it removes any food particles that brushing leaves behind.
Eating well is important for many reasons, including the health and integrity of your teeth and gum. Foods containing high levels of sugar can cause tooth decay (cavities) and acidic foods attack the enamel of your teeth. Dr. Cain recommends rinsing with water after eating to wash away any sugars or acids left behind.
Brushing properly and eating right are just two steps for good oral health. Avoiding unhealthy oral habits, such as smoking, is also a great way to boost oral health. Giving up smoking will not only help your oral health but will reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. Reducing your alcohol intake can also reduce your risk of oral cancer and other diseases.
At-home oral care is a great start to maintaining your oral health, but it is also vitally important to visit our Crossville dentist office at least twice a year. Routine dental visits not only provide a thorough, professional dental cleaning but regular visits will give Dr. Cain the ability to detect early signs of common dental concerns, including periodontal disease.
Today’s Dentistry welcomes new patients and works with those who have been avoiding the dentist due to anxiety. Call our office for an appointment or schedule one online today.