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What's the best way to keep a smile healthy for a lifetime? At Augusta Smile Care, your family dentist, Dr. John Massey, tells patients that good oral hygiene habits make a huge difference.

Read on to learn why prevention is everyone's best medicine.

What attacks your smile?

Oral bacteria wreaks havoc on your smile, so it is important that you guard it by removing as much plaque as possible. Biofilms, such as plaque and the tartar it eventually becomes, are the perfect environments for dangerous Strep microbes. Have too many of these little germs, and you develop decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss.

In addition, certain careless habits can degrade your oral health. Brush too vigorously, neglect wearing a mouth guard during a hockey game, or ignore your teeth-clenching habit, and your enamel, bone integrity, and gum tissue will all suffer.

Enter: good oral hygiene habits

They're simple and will become part of your daily life if you stick with them. They include:

  1. Eat a sensible, low-carb diet. Sugars and starches accelerate plaque formation. Substitute high-fiber fruits and veggies and low-fat proteins for those carbohydrates.
  2. Drink a lot of water to hydrate soft oral tissues and keep them clean.
  3. Brush twice a day with a soft brush. Choose a fluoride toothpaste, and add an antimicrobial mouth wash if you are prone to decay and gum disease.
  4. Floss every day without fail. Flossing gets at the plaque that your toothbrush cannot reach or remove. Be gentle with your floss, and stick with it for at least two minutes.
  5. See your family dentist in his Augusta, GA, office for a complete oral exam, X-rays, and a professional cleaning semi-annually. Eyes-on and hands-on care with your dental team at Augusta Smile Care ward off serious problems, detect issues with tooth alignment/existing restorations, and discover dangerous oral cancer symptoms.
  6. Take a toothbrush or floss to work and send one to school with your child, particularly if he or she wears braces. Mid-day oral hygiene keeps ahead of bacteria and its corrosive acids. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) says that lots of in-between meals snacking happens in the workplace.
  7. Stop smoking. Yes, it may be easier said than done, but your primary care physician can help you toward this important goal. Just ask him or her.

You can finish well

Have a great smile your entire life. Take care of it with consistent oral hygiene practices. At Augusta Smile Care, we're here to help. Call today if you have questions for your family dentist, Dr. John Massey: (706) 868-1322.

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