Pioneer Valley Dental | Basic Tips on Maintaining Oral Health in West Valley City

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Basic Tips on Maintaining Oral Health

Having a beautiful, white smile is important aesthetically, but more importantly, maintaining proper oral hygiene keeps our teeth and gums healthy and strong. It can also benefit our overall health as well. Here are a few basic rules and routines we can all follow to keep our teeth and gums healthy, strong and beautiful year round without requiring excessive amounts time, money and effort, according to dentists from West Valley City’s Pioneer Valley Dental.

By far the most basic facet of oral hygiene involves regularly brushing and flossing our teeth. Most dentists recommend that we brush our teeth at least two times per day (especially right before bed time) for two minutes and floss at least one time per day. It is also recommended to use toothpaste with fluoride in it, which helps to prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Brushing and flossing regularly will help to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath that is caused by bacteria in our mouths.

Another component of basic oral health is maintaining a mouth-healthy diet, which usually includes eating a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars that they contain and stimulates the flow of saliva (saliva helps to protect our teeth from tooth decay by washing away food particles and buffering acids). Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt that are rich in calcium are one of the best things we can eat for our teeth because calcium is an essential nutrient for the development of bones. And of course, limiting our intake of sugars is crucial to maintaining healthy teeth. Sugars lead to cavity-causing acids in our mouths, so it is important to brush our teeth immediately following the consumption of sugar if possible.

Avoiding tobacco products, which can cause gum disease, oral cancer and lead to stains on our teeth, is an important aspect of oral health and hygiene. Finally, scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings with our dentist will help to keep our teeth healthy, and it will assist in preventing more serious dental health issues from occurring in the future.

Following these simple tips will help prevent tooth decay, gum disease (which can damage gum tissue and the bones that support our teeth), bad breath and will lessen the amount of time and money that we spend on the dentist and on dental procedures. It will also leave us with the gorgeous white smiles we’ve always wanted.



West Valley City Dentist | Basic Tips on Maintaining Oral Health. Curtis Smith is a West Valley City Dentist.