Six ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums

Oral health isn’t just about brushing your teeth or having perfectly straight dental arches. It means also taking care of the gums. The gum tissue helps frame your smile, and telltale signs can indicate a problem such as periodontal disease. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team in Pittsford, NY educate patients on the importance of taking care of the teeth and gums to avoid the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay.

Below are just a few ways in which patients can contribute to a healthy smile:

  • Brushing after every meal. Foods left on the teeth and gums can contribute to bacteria and plaque formation. By brushing the teeth after eating and drinking, they can remain clean and healthy.
  • Flossing the teeth at night. Flossing removes food particles from between the teeth that can become stuck and contribute to acid and sugar formation that increases one’s risk of developing periodontal disease.
  • Obtaining regular dental cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends that patients of all ages visit their dentist at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation. This increases the chance of early detection of disease and decay, allowing for fast treatment and intervention to maintain overall health.
  • Quit smoking cigarettes and/or chewing tobacco. Tobacco products can stain the teeth and cause inflammation. By eliminating these bad habits, many patients improve not only their oral health, but their overall health.
  • Utilizing fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride toothpastes are the most effective in protecting the smile and keeping problems at bay.
  • Considering mouthwash. As an added step in protecting the smile, mouthwashes can be used after brushing and flossing. They can also be used throughout the day to freshen breath. Patients with specific issues such as bad breath (halitosis) may find adding mouthwash to be an extra step to prevent problems.

DeStefano Dentistry is here to help!

If you want to learn more about the ways in which you can care for your smile, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team in Pittsford, NY. Call (585) 248-2383 to schedule an appointment at our practice, conveniently located at 600 Kreag Road.

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