Know How to Keep Your Smile Healthy
By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
August 29, 2017
Tags: oral health   Brush   Floss  

Discover the importance of preventive dentistry for maintaining good oral health.Oral Health, Brush, Floss

It probably goes without saying that everyone wants to keep their smiles healthy and looking their very best. Of course, many people don’t always put in the little bit of effort now to protect their smile for the future. Perhaps you don’t know exactly what you should be doing to keep your teeth and gums problem-free. Our Erie, PA, family dentist Dr. Rosanne Palermo is here to provide a little information about preventive dentistry and why it’s so invaluable.

Brush Thoroughly

While this may seem like obvious advice, you would be surprised how many people set their brains on autopilot and don’t brush as effectively as they should. Maybe you forgot to brush the back surface of your teeth or you didn’t really get all surfaces of your molars. Perhaps you forgot to brush your tongue, which harbors a lot of nasty bacteria. If so, then it’s time to up your game and make sure that you adopt good brushing techniques.

Visit Your Dentist

No oral care regimen would be complete without seeing our Erie, PA, dentist once every six months for your preventive dental exam. These exams may not seem like much but these professional cleanings will be able to remove plaque and tartar buildup and even wipe away surface stains to leave you with a whiter, healthier smile. Besides a deep cleaning, we will also perform X-rays to detect small problems (before they become bigger ones), as well as conduct oral cancer screenings. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive helpful tips and advice for at-home care.

Eat for the Smile You Want

What you eat affects your general health so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that what you eat will impact your oral health, as well. Whenever you consume sugar or bleached carbs the bacteria in your mouth turns it into acid, which will erode enamel. When enamel continues to incur acid attacks, over time this will leave teeth prone to excessive wear and tear, cracks and fractures. Enjoy a diet that is rich in lean protein, whole grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Whether you have questions about your brushing technique or you want to schedule your six-month cleaning, our Erie, PA, family dental office is always here for you. Call our office today!

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