When you take care of your smile, your natural teeth can stay bright, beautiful, and in place. In order to keep your smile healthy, you need to take care of your teeth and gums from home and make time to see us every few months. In today’s blog, we’re going to highlight a few simple ways to maintain optimal oral health.

Brush and Floss Regularly (and Correctly!)

You should be brushing your teeth twice each day, once when waking up and again before going to bed. However, you also need to make sure each session lasts no less than two minutes and that you reach every available surface of your teeth. We also suggest using a toothbrush with soft bristles to limit potential damage to the enamel, and grab a toothpaste with fluoride and the ADA seal-of-approval on the packaging.

Patients also need to floss each night before bed, cleaning up and down the sides of each tooth. The floss should dip below the gum line the completely remove trapped food particles.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

When you cut back on sugary foods and drinks and add more fresh fruit and vegetables, you not only provide your body with better nutrition and slim your waistline, but you also decrease the risk of heart disease and also help protect your smile from the onset of tooth decay and gingivitis!

See Us Every Six Months

Every six months you need a checkup and cleaning. During the checkup, we can take a look at your teeth and gums for possible signs of trouble. The cleaning allows us to remove all plaque from your teeth as well. You can leave our office with a healthier smile, fresher breath, and brighter teeth!

Do You Have Questions About Oral Health?

At Brighton Family Dental Group, we can offer treatment and education to help you keep a healthy smile for years to come. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.