If you want your smile to take you miles, knowing how to take care of it properly is essential. At StarImage Dentistry, we provide our patients with the knowledge they need to take care of their smiles at home and encourage regular checkups and cleanings. If you’re looking to get the most mileage out of your natural teeth and dental implants as possible, follow these care tips.

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Brush at Least Twice a Day and Floss Every Day

A healthy beautiful smile is one of your best assets. It tells people you are conscientious, approachable, and responsible. And frankly, it ramps up your “attractive quotient.” Isn’t it a relief that keeping your smile clean and healthy takes so little daily effort and just a small portion of your personal home care budget? Brush your teeth every morning and night and floss daily to remove plaque from your teeth. Remember, your gum health is just as important as your tooth health if not more so don’t skip flossing.

Without consistently brushing and flossing, the plaque can harden and turn into tartar, cause gum disease and cavities. You can also incorporate mouth wash into your routine to freshen your breath and protect yourself from cavities and gum disease for life. If you have dental implants, not taking care of your gums can lead to gum disease and even cause your implants to fail. Just care for your implants like you would if they were natural teeth and they should stay healthy.

Eat Sensibly

You might think that eating sensibly is just for your waistline but it’s actually about much more than that. When you eat a high carbohydrate or high sugar diet, your teeth will produce much more plaque than usual. With more plaque come more tartar and a higher chance of developing cavities or gum disease. Make sure you don’t overindulge in high carbohydrate or sugar foods and if you do, you’re rinsing your mouth with water and brushing your teeth afterward.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking cigarettes does a lot of damage to both your teeth and your overall health. To start, the nicotine and chemicals can cause a layer of plaque on your teeth, staining, and tartar. Smoking can also increase your risk of developing gum disease and oral cancer. If you smoke and want to get the most mileage out of your teeth, you should quit sooner than later.

Get Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months

By having your teeth professionally cleaned at least every six months, you allow us to keep abreast of your oral health – preventing, detecting, and remedying several unwelcomed and harmful conditions such as gum disease, halitosis, cavities, cancer, and even perhaps identifying systemic disease that may be reflected orally. Plus fresh professionally polished teeth look beautiful.

Are you overdue for a dental cleaning? Contact StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX to schedule an appointment with our dentists today. Please call 940-322-2252 to schedule an appointment today!