At Fifth Avenue Dental Associates, it is our goal to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy today and in the future. In order to do that, we recommend that you come in twice per year for a complete dental exam that includes x-rays and a teeth cleaning. But our Bay Ridge family dentist knows that those two visits alone are not enough to promote the absolute best oral hygiene practices. There are 363 other days in the year and you need to have a solid strategy in place so that tooth decay and gum disease are infrequent visitors.
A big part of what our Bay Ridge family dentist does is to provide the needed guidance and advice when it comes to the well-being of your mouth. That all starts with what you eat and drink. A nutritious and balanced diet is the lynchpin of good overall health for you entire body and that includes your teeth and gums. Foods and beverages with excess sugar should be avoided or at least consumed sparingly. Tobacco is another enemy of your oral health, and that includes both the kind you smoke and the smokeless varieties. In addition, tobacco can stain and discolor your teeth, leading you to feel self-conscious about how you look when you smile.
Brushing and flossing are a vital part of any good oral hygiene routine. Not only should you brush and floss frequently, at least twice a day brushing and every evening with your floss, but doing it properly can make all the difference between getting cavities or irritated gums and not. You should brush your teeth in a circular motion using a brush with soft bristles. Aim the brush at your gums. And flossing should be done up and down. Maintain it against your tooth surface and keep a U-shape to your floss. You can also benefit greatly from antiseptic and fluoride rinses. Our Bay Ridge family dentist will be happy to recommend some for you. Working together as a team, we can make sure that you have few cavities and that your gums stay literally in the pink, indicating that they are healthy and vibrant.