Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Even if you get the occasional cavity, or your teeth aren’t their whitest, or even if they’re crooked because you never had braces as a kid, you can keep them healthy with a good dental health routine, and preventive dentistry from Crabtree Dental in Katy.
How you take care of your teeth at home is probably the single most important factor in dental health. We recommend the following:
- Brush your teeth daily. Twice a day is better. Brushing includes your tongue! Use a fluoridated toothpaste, and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Replace that brush three or four times each year. Are its bristles starting to fray? That’s your cue. Toss it out and get a new one.
- Floss every day. Whenever your brush, you should floss, too. Is it better to floss before you brush, or after? It doesn’t really matter. Either way, you’ll clean out those tight spaces between your teeth that a brush can’t reach. If you wear metal braces, floss threaders and water flossing will help get between brackets.
- Eat a balanced diet. Getting all the nutrients your body needs helps protect your teeth. Limit the amount of sugar you consumer. This includes simple carbohydrates, which convert into sugar. Also, drink plenty of water. This rinses out your mouth, and keeps your body hydrated.
- Visit the dentist twice a year. You saw this one coming, right? You should visit us twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning and checkup. We’ll see how your teeth are doing, and check your gums for any signs of gum disease.
By establishing a good dental health routine and sticking to it, you’re doing everything you can to prevent dental problems later on. Preventive dentistry helps at Crabtree Dental in Katy helps you avoid or minimize the effects of tooth decay, gingivitis, and enamel loss. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and use the latest in dental technology. Make an appointment with us today.