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Take Ownership of your Oral Health with these Tips

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We each make a choice to take care of our bodies, which includes our oral health. Whether or not we choose to practice good oral hygiene habits is on us, regardless of how many times your Palm Beach Gardens dentist insists on you brushing your teeth regularly and receiving regular checkups and cleanings. And, if you are a parent your responsibility doubles as you serve as a role model to teach your child the same habits you observe when it comes to your health and your teeth.

Here are some tips to help you take ownership of your oral health, and help model these behaviors for your family.

Brush and Floss Daily

It seems like a rather simple task, but for some people, brushing and flossing each day is an afterthought. Good oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice a day using fluoridated toothpaste. Also, remember to clean between your teeth by flossing once per day. Flossing only takes two minutes, and is well worth the benefits. Otherwise, brushing alone only cleans 70% of your tooth’s surfaces.

Eat a Healthy Diet

We have all heard how a diet low in sugar is better for our bodies, and it’s no secret that sugar is bad for our teeth. But, simply avoiding sugar is not the only dietary change you should make. Incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet, and limit your intake of carbohydrates. A healthy, balanced diet is good for your gums, and you may even be pleasantly surprised the next time you step on the scale!

Avoid Tobacco

By this, we mean all forms of tobacco, even vaping. No chewing tobacco, no cigarettes or cigars, and definitely no e-cigs or vaping. All forms of tobacco increase certain health risks as well as oral health concerns including tooth loss, gum disease, and oral cancer. Instead, try to replace this habit with something healthy such as exercising or yoga.

See the Dentist

Going to the dentist in Palm Beach Gardens once every six months is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. These visits entail a thorough dental cleaning to remove tartar buildup from your teeth that otherwise would erode dental enamel, lead to cavities, and could cause gum disease, tooth loss, and more. For many people who have dental insurance, these benefits cover a good bit if not all of the cost of these preventive visits. Get your money’s worth and get your cleaning as recommended by your dentist to protect your oral health. Even if you do not have dental insurance, plan ahead by setting aside a little bit of money each month so that by the time your six-month appointment rolls around, you have enough to cover your expenses. Remember, going to the dentist is not expensive, neglect is!

Tackle Problems Early

Practicing good oral hygiene and taking care of yourself isn’t always foolproof. In the event that you develop an oral health problem such as a cavity or early warning signs of gum disease, get the problem taken care of immediately instead of waiting. Not only will you save yourself money, but will likely require less invasive procedures to take care of the issue.

Family Dentist in Palm Beach Gardens

When it comes to your oral health, prevention is vital. For more information about oral health tips or to schedule an appointment, contact PGA Smiles today by calling (561) 627-7090.

PGA Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.