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To create your best smile, the American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss to remove oral bacteria and dental plaque from the mouth on a daily basis. For best results, you will want to brush your teeth for at least two minutes and do so twice a day to keep tooth decay and gum disease at arm’s length.

 

Daily Care

 

You will want to use the best tools to help you accomplish this. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush effectively cleans tooth enamel and gums while protecting them from harm. With the help of a small-medium toothbrush head, you will be able to get at those hard to reach areas in the back where oral debris tends to accumulate. Your daily oral hygiene goal should be to brush twice a day, floss once a day with a flossing method which works best for you, and do it at bedtime followed by an oral rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to eliminate germs for the night.

 

Mouth Guards

 

With the help of a mouth guard (athletic guard) you can give your teeth, tongue, lips, face, and jaw the protection they require while you participate in contact sports or high-impact activities. Conversely, if you tend to grind your teeth while sleeping, wearing a mouthguard at night (night guard) will keep your teeth, gums, and jaw in tip-top condition.

 

Tooth-Friendly Nutrition

 

Creating your best smile also involves your daily nourishment. Eating a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fresh fruit, vegetables, lean protein, dairy, nuts and whole grains will keep your teeth and gums strong. To take a step further, eliminate or limit foods and drinks high in sugar.

 

Professional Dental Cleanings and Exams

 

Maintain your best smile by keeping up with all scheduled six-month dental cleanings and exams. Your dentist will remove all hardened plaque from your teeth and gumline, polish your teeth and check for problem areas to provide timely treatment.

 

If you are ready to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam with Dr. John Dobry in Clinton Township, Michigan, please call 586-286-0790 to speak with a caring member of our dental team. At Dobry Dental, we look forward to helping you create your best smile!