June is Oral Health Month and now is great time to refresh your oral health. Good oral health goes beyond just a white smile and fresh breath. Maintaining your oral health not only prevents tooth decay and gum disease but poor dental health increases the risk of other health concerns such as cardiovascular and systemic disease.
Chevy Chase, MD dentist Dr. Christopher Banks knows there are many reasons to keep your mouth healthy, and a beautiful smile is just one of them!
One of the most important keys to maintaining good oral health is establishing and sticking with an effective oral routine at home. Dr. Banks recommends brushing twice a day, including once before bed, with toothpaste that contains fluoride to help strengthen the enamel of the teeth. It is also important to change your toothbrush regularly because a worn toothbrush will improperly clean your teeth. Flossing once a day is also essential because it removes any food particles that brushing leaves behind.
Eating well is important for many reasons, including the wellbeing of your oral health. Foods containing high levels of sugar can cause tooth decay (cavities) and acidic foods attack the enamel of your teeth. Dr. Banks recommends rinsing with water after eating to wash away any sugars or acids left behind.
Brushing properly and eating right are just two steps for good oral health. Avoiding unhealthy oral habits, such as smoking, is also a great way to boost oral health. Giving up smoking will not only help your oral health but will reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease. Reducing your alcohol intake can also reduce your risk of oral cancer and other diseases.
At-home oral care is a great start to maintaining your oral health. Visiting Dr. Banks at least twice a year will ensure great oral health. Routine dental visits not only give you a full dental cleaning but regular visits will give Dr. Banks the ability to detect early signs of any oral concerns. Additionally, by visiting Dr. Banks, he will be able to recommend specific at-home procedures for your unique dental concerns.
To help keep your smile healthy and beautiful, schedule an appointment with Dr. Banks at the Chevy Chase, MD office today!