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Creating a confident smile begins with a healthy oral foundation. This means establishing strong oral health habits, such as brushing and flossing to maintain a healthy mouth. Healthy teeth and gums are more attractive, with clean pearly whites and pink gums. But this isn’t just for vanity’s sake, a healthy mouth allows you to eat and speak properly too! Essentially this improves your overall well-being, self-esteem, and ultimately, your confidence.

Because bacteria live in the mouth as dental plaque, if left alone this can result in tooth decay (cavities) and gingivitis (gum disease), which progress into periodontal (advanced gum) disease. Practicing good daily habits, such as brushing and flossing will minimize problems with your smile and prevent more costly, invasive treatment down the line which can arise from neglect. Let’s look at what this daily care should entail:

— Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Many patients like to floss before bedtime to rid themselves of any food particles.

— See your dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings to remove hardened plaque.

— Focus on eating healthy, balanced meals to ensure a healthier smile.

— Limit snacking and avoid sugary, starchy foods (and drinks).

— Use American Dental Association approved products to make sure your smile is getting quality care from products proven to be both safe and effective.

— If you are cavity prone, use fluoride-containing products, such as toothpaste or mouthwash.

Maintaining a healthy smile isn’t hard, it just takes daily effort. For more information, or to schedule your next cleaning, please call our team at Lawrence Gerhart DDS at 520-326-5442 today. Our dentist, Dr. Lawrence Gerhart in Tucson, Arizona, is happy to help you to create a healthy, confident smile!