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What steps can you take to improve your dental hygiene and health?

With proper attention to the teeth and gums, many patients can reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease and tooth decay. However, lots of patients are unsure as to what they need to do to protect their smile. At the office of Leah Zils, DDS of The Woodlands, Texas, our team can talk to patients about ways to improve their dental healthcare habits to prevent common dental concerns.

Why should I have a good dental hygiene routine in place?

Oral hygiene habits prevent periodontal disease, cavities, and bad breath. A good dental hygiene routine should be a part of your everyday life to maintain healthier teeth and gums and avoid costly and invasive dental procedures. It improves your oral health and contributes to your overall well-being. Patients who have periodontal disease have bacteria and inflammation that can spread through the body and contribute to the development of other medical issues, including increasing one’s risk of strokes and heart attacks. This is why preventative care is critical.

What are some essential practices for maintaining good oral hygiene?

  • Caring for the teeth at home. Brushing and flossing the teeth daily ensures the teeth and gums remain healthy. Patients can ask about the types of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwashes they can integrate into their oral health routines.
  • Regular dental examinations. With dental exams performed every six months, you can have your smile monitored by a dental professional to ensure you are keeping your smile healthy with home habits. A dental examination is performed to look for the early signs of cavities and disease. Our team can also provide professional dental cleanings to remove plaque or tartar buildup that might accumulate despite regular toothbrushing and flossing.
  • Dietary considerations. Healthy food choices are critical for maintaining good oral health. Limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks helps reduce the risk of tooth decay. Calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, can also strengthen teeth and prevent cavities.
  • Additional preventive measures. In addition to regular dental exams and good at-home oral care, patients may benefit from other preventive measures like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Fluoride helps strengthen the natural tooth enamel and reduce the potential for tooth decay. At the same time, dental sealants provide a protective barrier on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

Learn more today!

Call the office of Dr. Leah Zils,DDS in The Woodlands, TX, today at (281) 973-2276 to request a visit to 6769 Lake Woodlands Drive, Suite A.

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