Keep Teeth Healthy with Proper Oral Hygiene in NJ
Oral Hygiene At The Warren Smile Center in New Jersey
Proper oral hygiene is key to living a healthy lifestyle and expressing beauty and personality. The mouth is an integral aspect of facial cues. Smiles, frowns, grimaces, and grins all express shades of emotion that pull people in and attract their attention. Not caring for your teeth may actually detract people’s attention away from the emotions you are attempting to share. When meeting a date, coworker, or fellow friend for the first time, the lasting impression you want to give isn’t one of uncleanliness and bad breath. Dr. Kayserman offers cleanings and dental advice at the Warren Smile Center, so patients can educate themselves on proper oral hygiene practices, improve their dental health, and better express their beauty, emotions, and personality.
How can I achieve maximum oral hygiene?
Keeping bi-yearly professional dental cleanings is an important aspect of oral health but insufficient as a single means of caring for your teeth. Maintaining your dental health involves daily care, including brushing multiple times a day, flossing, rinsing, tongue cleaning, and gum care. Each of these activities either targets the teeth, gums, or tongue, all of which need their share of attention. Achieving maximum oral hygiene is an ongoing routine which must be continued in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
|Proper Oral Hygiene|
|Brushing||Two to three times a day or after every meal using a soft bristle brush and toothpaste to prevent cavities|
|Flossing||Once per day, scooping between each side of the tooth to prevent periodontal disease|
|Tongue Cleaning||Two to three times a day or after every meal with a soft bristle brush or tongue cleaner to freshen breath|
|Gum Care||Massage gums with brush bristles while cleaning to keep gums healthy and prevent periodontal disease|
|Mouthwash||Once per day to freshen breath and fight bacteria that causes gingivitis|
How can Dr. Kayserman improve my oral hygiene?
Dr. Kayserman provides yearly dental cleanings at the Warren Smile Center. During bi-yearly appointments, Dr. Kayserman will assess the state of your oral hygiene and recommend any changes to your daily routine that may improve your dental health. After completing an Oral Cancer Screening, plaque will be removed, and your teeth will receive a thorough brushing and flossing. Keeping your yearly dental cleanings is an excellent way to determine the effectiveness of your daily oral hygiene routine. Appointments will also restore your mouth to a state of perfect cleanliness. Dr. Kayserman will be able to spot any beginning signs of tooth decay during early stages of cavity formation, avoiding pain and invasive treatments. She can also determine if wisdom teeth are impacted, thanks to the advanced Digital Radiography and Panoramic X-ray technology available at the Warren Smile Center.
How do the foods and drinks I consume affect my oral hygiene?
In addition to at-home daily care and bi-yearly professional cleanings with your dentist, maintaining a healthy diet will also promote the health of your teeth and gums. Particular foods, such as dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats, and clear liquids can flush away food particles and help rid the mouth of harmful, cavity causing bacteria. Some foods, such as strawberries, even promote tooth whitening. Other foods, however, are key to staining teeth and developing cavities. Patients should keep in mind that any food that can stain a white shirt can stain your teeth!
|Food Groups Beneficial To Dental Health||Foods To Enjoy|
|Dairy||Milk has low acidity, reducing enamel corrosion. Hard cheeses help to clean teeth as well as balance acidity, produce saliva, and kill bacteria.|
|Fruits (Vitamin C)||Strawberries, apples, and kiwis contain vitamin C and protect gums against disease. Strawberries also aid in tooth whitening.|
|Vegetables (Vitamin A)||Pumpkins, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes aid in enamel production. Celery massages the gums. Onions help to kill harmful bacteria, and all crunchy vegetables help to remove plaque from teeth and clean the gums.|
|Meats (Phosphorus)||Chicken, eggs, turkey, and beef contain healthy teeth minerals, mainly phosphorus.|
|Clear Liquids and Sugar-Free Gum||Water keeps gums hydrated and rinses food particles and sugar from the mouth, preventing plaque, decay, and cavities. Sugar-free gum helps to remove food particles trapped in grooves and between teeth.|
|Food Groups Harmful To Dental Health||Foods To Avoid|
|Sugars and Other Carbohydrates||Toffee, potato chips, and most candies contain sugar which damage tooth enamel, may stick to teeth despite cleaning, and cause cavities.|
|Table Sugar (Sucrose)||Potatoes, white bread, and table sugar are integral to the formation of cavities. Frequently consuming sucrose is worse for oral health than consuming a large amount in one sitting.|
|Acids||Sodas, fruit juice, orange juice, and vinegar contain acids which corrode tooth enamel and aid in cavity formation.|
|Sticky Foods||Toffee, sugary gums, gummy candies, and caramel all contain sucrose and are sticky. These foods may stick to teeth despite cleaning and easily cause cavities.|
How do I learn more about oral hygiene in NJ?
Susanna Kayserman, D.D.S., Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. and the Warren Smile Center staff welcome patients to express any questions they may have about oral hygiene in New Jersey. You can contact us at our Warren, New Jersey dentist office location at 908.753.0003, or you may make an appointment online for a personal consultation with Dr. Kayserman or Dr. Stein.