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Dental care and oral hygiene

Looking to maintain a healthy, radiant smile? Regular flossing and twice daily brushings are important, as well as regular visits to your local Aspen Dental for professional cleanings and exams. Discover more care tips now.

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Excessive sugar consumption can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, harming overall dental hygiene.

What behaviors have the most impact on your dental hygiene?

Excessive sugar consumption

We all need something sweet from time to time, but excessive sugar consumption can have serious consequences to your dental health. Sugar adds to the formation of bacterial plaque. Over time, if not properly removed, bacterial plaque is responsible for both tooth decay and gum disease.

Big buildup of plaque causes cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath and other serious dental issues if untreated.

Plaque on teeth

Too much plaque build up can lead to serious dental issues, including gum disease (gingivitis or even periodontitis). When not treated, plaque can harden into tartar, making it more difficult to remove with brushing alone.

Tobacco use

Smoking and chewing tobacco are the cause of many health concerns, including dental issues. Tobacco not only causes a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth, but nicotine restricts blood flow to the gums and weakens your body’s ability to fight off disease. While teeth whitening treatments may help aesthetically, health issues like receding gums and bone loss, and vulnerability to mouth and throat cancers may be unavoidable 

Poor oral habits 

Many of us have oral habits that cause unneeded risk to our dental health. Sometimes we may not even even be aware we are doing them. Check yourself for:

Putting your hands in your mouth invites unwanted bacteria to and damage your teeth and gums.

Thumb sucking can push your teeth forward (overbite), potentially causing embarrassment over the appearance and possibly a speech impediment. Germs being introduced by the hands are also a concern.

Teeth grinding can crack, chip or fracture your teeth, seriously impacting your dental health. You also risk wearing down the enamel on your teeth, making it easier for bacteria to get inside. You may also experience chronic headaches and pain in your neck and ears.

Bolster your oral hygiene efforts 

It’s important to visit your Aspen Dental care team at least once a year (if not twice!) for a checkup. Between visits, consider making a few changes to keep on top of your dental hygiene.

Say yes

✓ Fiber-rich fruits & veggies

✓ Low- or non-fat dairy products

✓ Lean proteins

✓ Whole grains

✓ Green & black teas (to curb plaque bacteria)

Take a pass

✖️ Sticky candies & sweets

✖️ Starchy breads & potato chips

✖️ Carbonated soft drinks

✖️ Alcoholic beverages

✖️ Tobacco products

Use these dental care best practices

Keeping a healthy, beautiful smile doesn’t have to be hard, it just takes a little effort. Follow these best practices: 

Brush & floss daily

Avoid sugary drinks & sweets

Avoid smoking & tobacco use

Limit daily stress

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