The right oral hygiene routine keeps you safe from cavities and gum disease, and it can generally help you maintain a smile that you are proud to show off. Because we tend to grow so comfortable in habits like brushing and flossing, bad habits can sometimes creep in without our realizing it. When this happens, your risk for dental problems can rise without your being aware of it! At our Silver City, NM dentist’s office, we provide important preventive services during regular dental exams. As helpful as these practices are, they should be accompanied by a thorough oral hygiene routine at home if you want to keep your smile in good shape. A review of your current habits, and helpful adjustments to improve them, can have lasting benefits.

1. Spend At Least Two Minutes On Brushing

Short brushing sessions make you more vulnerable to tartar buildup, particularly in areas that are harder to reach. Check your current approach to brushing by setting a timer for two minutes. If you feel like this is longer than you normally spend cleaning your smile, make sure you stick to this length to ensure you are giving all of your teeth a thorough cleaning. Consistency and thoroughness have a big impact on your well-being.

2. Clean At Your Gum Line When You Floss And Brush

When symptoms of gingivitis are present during a routine review, we provide a scaling and root planing procedure to clear away the bacteria gathering beneath your gum line. Your daily brushing and flossing sessions should protect your periodontal tissues from infection. Rushing through these practices makes you more likely to ignore your gum line, which is how tartar buildup can form and make you vulnerable to gum disease.

3. Stay Hydrated By Drinking Water During The Day

Hopefully, you already take care to avoid sugary foods and drinks in order to protect yourself against cavities. If you want to further protect your smile, commit to drinking more water throughout the day. When you do this, you keep yourself better hydrated, which helps your body produce saliva. Saliva production is good for fighting oral health issues, as it helps you wash away food debris and neutralize some harmful bacteria. Choosing water as a substitute for color-rich beverages like coffee, tea, and soda can also help you limit your exposure to products that stain teeth.

Count On Oral Hygiene Support From Your Silver City, NM Dentist!

At Silver Smiles, we take care to thoroughly evaluate your smile in order to identify and address any issues that may have arisen since your last appointment. When necessary, we can provide restorative treatments for these issues, and we can provide guidance to help you improve your routine. To schedule an appointment, call our dentist’s office in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.