The key to maintaining a beautiful smile and excellent oral health is to understand how to properly care for your mouth. Our dentists and team would be happy to answer your dental care questions when you visit our dental office in Muskegon, Michigan. In the meantime, we hope you will find the following advice useful:
What causes tooth decay?
When you forget to brush and floss your teeth, plaque begins to combine with the sugars and starches from your meals to form an acid that can attack the enamel on your teeth. When the enamel is weakened, the acid can begin to form pits of decay on the surface of your teeth, which become cavities. You can prevent cavities and other oral health risks by thoroughly brushing and flossing your teeth daily, limiting the amount of sugar in your diet, and visiting Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Muskegon for routine checkups.
How can I care for my teeth between checkups?
While you should visit Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Muskegon every six months (or as directed by your dentist), it is also very important that you maintain excellent dental hygiene between visits. You can keep your teeth healthy and clean by:
- Investing in quality toothbrushes for you and your family. Thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your dentist can recommend an excellent toothpaste for your dental needs.
- Flossing daily to remove plaque and bits of food from between your teeth.
- Eating a balanced diet and limiting your sugar intake. You should also limit acidic foods and avoid harmful substances like tobacco. Drink plenty of water between meals.
- Asking our dentists about dental sealants and other preventive treatments that can protect your teeth against tooth decay.
Call Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Muskegon at 231-563-6878 if you have any further questions about caring for your oral health.
What is gum disease and how can I avoid it?
Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar, which can weaken your gum tissue, causing sensitive gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and other health issues. You can reduce your risk of gum disease by maintaining excellent oral hygiene and visiting our dentists often for dental exams.
How can fluoride help me?
Fluoride is a mineral that can reinforce the enamel on your teeth, strengthening your mouth against tooth decay and oral disease. You can find fluoride in many products, including toothpaste, mouthwash, dental treatments, and even some water supplies. We invite you to ask our dentists about fluoride at your next appointment.