Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you, which is why a smile is one of the most important aspects of a person’s appearance. But, a great smile is also extremely beneficial to your overall health, not just your oral health!

Proper dental care should be a priority in your life just like eating right, exercising and making sure you see your physical doctor ensure you are living a fruitful, long life. While we here at Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates Family Dentistry in Chadds Ford, PA understand that a visit to the dentist isn’t always at the top of most peoples’ list, that doesn’t mean you should ignore your dental care completely. Taking your oral health seriously, both at home and at the dentist goes a long way toward a comfortable lifestyle throughout your entire life.

Today, we’d like to give you some tips for a healthier smile, some of which you can take advantage of on a daily basis in the comfort of your home and others that will require a quick trip to the dentist. Our dental office prides itself on being friendly, welcoming, comfortable and experienced in order to make your trip to the dentist and enjoyable one that you and your family can always look forward to. So, here are our seven tips. Enjoy!

  1. Watch What You Eat

As it turns out, what you put into your body has a great deal of influence on your overall health and quality of life. In the same way you shouldn’t eat a bunch of fatty foods and sugars, it’s best to watch what you eat when it comes to your oral health and dental care. Your mouth is directly affected by what you put in it as certain kinds of food can do damage if left untreated. Acidic foods and drinks, for example, erode the enamel of your teeth, which can contribute to cavities, tooth decay and periodontal diseases. Food particles and plaque build-up on your teeth and gums and can cause serious damage to the structures of both. Food and drinks like coffee, tea and wine can also stain your teeth. This doesn’t mean you can’t have those things, but be mindful of what they’re doing to your oral health, enjoy them in moderation and always take measures to treat the issues by brushing and flossing daily.

  1. Brush Twice Per Day

Since we mentioned it, how about making brushing your teeth our second tip to a healthier smile. This is fairly obvious as everyone knows they should brush their teeth, but how many know how many times per day and for how long? What about technique and best practices? We’ll give you a few hints. You should brush your teeth at least twice per day and for at least two minutes each, carefully removing the food particles and plaque that build up on your teeth and gums. Routinely brushing your teeth will not only help you maintain a brighter, beautiful smile but also go a long way toward preventing more serious complications such as cavities and periodontal diseases.

  1. Floss Daily

Remember, you shouldn’t have one without the other! Flossing your teeth goes hand-in-hand with brushing them. While the American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth at least twice per day, they recommend flossing your teeth at least once per day, preferably at night just before you go to bed. That, however, doesn’t mean you can’t floss more than once a day! Flossing is important because it removes the food particles and plaque from the spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. It doesn’t matter which order you do them in, just make sure that you’re brushing and flossing with proper technique and the recommended number of times each day.

  1. Don’t Wait For Pain

This is something we all do and really we shouldn’t in any matter of medical need because prevention is always better than treatment. We’re, of course, talking about waiting to see the dentist once you feel pain, indicating you already have a dental complication. Waiting until you feel pain can mean more drastic dental care such as a root canal or even tooth extraction when it could have been avoided with regular visits to the dentist for preventative dentistry and routine checkups. While restorative dentistry has come a long way in recent years, those procedures are still vastly more expensive and could even mean the loss of your natural teeth. Do yourself a favor and see the dentist yearly and don’t wait until something goes wrong!

  1. Regularly Visit Your Dentist

You likely saw this one coming, especially after the previous tip, but we’re going to get into it all the same. Please make regular visits to the dentist a part of your dental care routine. The ADA recommends that you visit your dentist at least twice a year (every six months) for routine checkups. This goes a long way in preventative dentistry because we can identify potential issues early on and take measures to help prevent any issues in the first place thanks to professional teeth cleaning. Our dental office is filled with the friendliest staff in all of Collingswood and you work with experienced dentists who are your dental care partner. Your smile is our passion, so let us help you!

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

When it does come time to visit the dentist for a regular checkup, or for any other unforeseen dental needs, be sure to visit us here at Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates Family Dentistry. Our dental office gladly accepts new patients and returning patients alike. We pride ourselves on providing our Chadds Ford, PA community with the finest dental care, service and experience. Your smile is our passion and we look forward to seeing you soon. Contact us and learn more about our dental office or schedule your appointment with us today!