Good Oral Hygiene  

Dangers like tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer and many other highly preventable diseases can be avoided through simply keeping your teeth healthy. A healthy mouth will have teeth that are clean and free of rot and cavities, gums that are pink and not sensitive to minor stimuli, and an absence of persistent pain and abscesses. Eley Family Dentistry will best be able to evaluate your oral health during your semiannual visits.

Methods to Maintain Oral Hygiene Brushing-Teeth-Eley-Family-Dentistry

The single most important step to maintain your healthy smile is to brush your teeth every day. Brushing cleans food debris and plaque off of teeth that is remaining from everyday activities. It is highly recommended that you use a fluoride toothpaste. It creates a film that covers the teeth and aids in the prevention of stains as well as defending the tooth’s enamel. Brushing helps defend against cavities and tooth decay by eliminating harmful bacteria growing in your mouth throughout the day and during your sleep. Eley Family Dentistry recommends brushing your teeth twice per day for at least two minutes each time, to ensure the long-lasting health of your teeth and mouth.

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One of the more frequently neglected methods of caring for your teeth is flossing. Flossing gets between your teeth and up in to your gum line to clean bacteria and food particles that overstay their welcome. Much like how you water the roots to make a flower bloom, the roots of your teeth need care and cleanliness to stay healthy and beautiful. Flossing cleans the parts of your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. If flossing is difficult for you, talk to our staff about possible tools and methods to make it easier for you.

A healthy diet is also a highly effective way to keep your mouth healthy and beautiful. Eating the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables will not only keep the surface of your teeth healthy, but will give them the nutrients they need to be strong and to age well. Vitamin C, D, and Calcium are necessary nutrients your teeth need. When you consume acidic and dark colored drinks such as soda and coffee your teeth can become stained and damaged, so try to limit or eliminate exposure to these drinks. Any time you eat or drink anything with sugar, it drops the pH in your mouth, causing your enamel to soften, and causing the bacteria in your mouth to become more active. It is this drop in pH that causes cavities over time. Every time you take a sip of soda, sweet tea, coffee, energy drinks, gatorade, etc. it takes your mouth 20-30 minutes to wash everything off and get back to normal. If you continue taking sips throughout the day, your mouth stays in an unhealthy environment, and cavities are almost guaranteed.
One of the best ways to prevent cavities is to limit the frequency of snacking and sipping on drinks other than water. Even diet soda is very acidic, and bad for your teeth.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth healthy is to visit Eley Family Dentistry in Melbourne, Florida at least twice per year. Depending on your personal health, we may want to see you more or less frequently.

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Melbourne Office: (321) 622-8711

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