Health Tips to Protect Your Beautiful Smile

Dr. Amy Vlachakis believes that good dental care does not end when you leave our office. She is dedicated to educating patients of all ages about proper dental health and hygiene. From brushing and flossing to what you eat for breakfast, your daily routine greatly impacts your oral wellness. Dr. Vlachakis is always ready to answer your questions and do everything she can to help you protect and maintain your healthy smile.

Brushing Your Teeth

You already know that it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, but did you know that when and how you brush is significant, as well? You may be surprised to learn that brushing immediately after a meal only rubs bits of food and bacteria into your teeth, damaging your dental enamel and increasing your risk for decay. Instead, you should thoroughly rinse your mouth with water and wait at least 30 minutes before you brush. Use fluoride toothpaste and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Approval. If you are a parent, you should monitor your child’s brushing routine until he or she is old enough to brush alone.

Flossing Your Teeth

Daily flossing will remove bacteria from your gum line and prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. However, if you floss improperly, it will be less effective, and it can irritate your sensitive gums. To correctly floss your teeth, you should use about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around the index finger of one hand. Leaving about four inches free, you should use it to gently scrape the sides of your teeth, moving into your gum line with a gentle back and forth motion. Never snap the floss down between your teeth, as this could damage your gums. As you work your way around your mouth, you should move along the length of the floss. Using the same surface area could merely redistribute bacteria and food.

Diet and Your Smile

Of course, brushing your teeth after eating is vital. However, what you actually eat could also have an enormous impact on your oral wellness. Of course, sugar is one of the biggest reasons for dental decay. It interacts with oral bacteria to form acids, which in turn erode your dental enamel. Nevertheless, there are other foods that can damage your smile. Acidic foods and drinks like citrus, vinegar, and soda can damage your dental enamel. Dark-colored substances like wine, coffee, tea, and berries can cause significant dental discoloration. For optimal oral health, you should choose foods that are high in calcium, protein, and Vitamin C. Of course, you should also drink plenty of water.

Routine Visits to the Dentist

One of the best ways to protect your smile is to schedule biannual visits at Health Smiles Family Dentistry. Dr. Vlachakis will thoroughly clean your teeth, and she can monitor for serious underlying conditions such as gum disease, oral cancer, bruxism, and TMJ Disorder. She will also provide further tips for protecting your dental health and maintaining your beautiful smile. To schedule your next visit, call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today at (281) 974-4494. Located in Memorial City Plaza, we proudly serve the residents of Houston, Memorial City, Bunker Hill, West Beltway, City Center, Hedwig Village, and all surrounding communities.