What's the Best Way to Maintain Healthy Teeth?

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Maintaining healthy teeth

Correct brushing and flossing after every meal, using an anti-plaque rinse and dental check-ups at least every 6 months (some people have them every 3-4 months) are probably the best ways to maintain healthy teeth.

Cleveland Dentist
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4 Tips for Tooth Health

Spend the time and make sure you don't just brush and floss but that you do it correctly.

  1. Moving in small circular motions keep you toothbrush angled 45 degrees which allows the bristles to sneak right under your gums.
  2. Don't brush too hard or too fast. Many people think the harder the better but in reality you are just causing trauma to your gums which can cause gingival recession.
  3. When flossing allow the floss to wrap around each tooth and gently slide the floss under your gums to move away the plaque!
  4. Keep regular dental visits.

Antonella Milio, DMD
New Rochelle Dentist

Stop using toothpicks and mechanically aggressive...

Stop using toothpicks and mechanically aggressive toothbrushes. It’s not that toothpicks and mechanical toothbrushes are not beneficial to teeth. It’s just that very often people can be heavy-handed and apply too much pressure while using various apparatus. Therefore, instead of having positive benefits they can wind up doing damage and getting negative results.

For example, if you use a toothpick with too much pressure you may cause the gums to actually recede. Or if you use mechanical toothbrushes too aggressively you can erode the enamel and also cause gums to recede. These mechanisms can be beneficial but just need to be used properly.

Pia Lieb, DDS
Manhattan Dentist

Acidic foods and drinks actually can cause erosion of...

Acidic foods and drinks actually can cause erosion of enamel and make your teeth more porous and prone to staining. Coffee, colas and red wines can all cause tooth staining. However some foods actually remove stains and act like natural toothbrushes in the mouth. They are generally very high in fiber content as well and include apples, pears, celery and raw almonds.

You also have to be careful with the chemical ingredients in some popular consumer and/or prescription products. Mouth rinses that contain the ingredients chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride in some products are staining agents. Some anti-acne products and skin care products may contain doxycycline or minocycline which can cause brown staining. If you aren’t sure, ask your dentist or physician about these products.

Gerry Curatola, DDS
Manhattan Dentist
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Use a soft bristle toothbrush with correct brushing...

  1. Use a soft bristle toothbrush with correct brushing technique
  2. Floss after every meal
  3. Use a tongue scraper every day

Daniel Charlton, DDS
San Diego Dentist

How to keep your teeth healthy

I suggest you brush with a soft bristle tooth brush and learn the correct way to brush from your dentist or hygienist. Brush with a non abrasive toothpaste that will not damage your teeth. Floss after you brush. Use a mouthwash that has little or no alcohol. Do this after every meal and before bed at night. That is the hardest part!  You have to take the time!  Use a Rotadent, which can only be purchased at your dentist's office. They are wonderful for maintaining healthy gums and our patients are extremely happy with the results. Try to eat healthy and maintain a balanced diet.  Remember you are what you eat and it reflects in your mouth, gums and teeth. Your oral health reflects the health of your entire body.Take good care of it!

Robert Fields, DDS
Van Nuys Dentist
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How to maintain healthy teeth

I would suggest dedication to daily oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular dental checkups are a good start to a healthy mouth.  A patient's dentist can suggest the number of months between visits based on their specific clinical condition.

Healthy Smile

The best way to maintain a healthy smile is to visit your dentist regularly, listen to your hygienist she can customize how many times a year you need to be seen to keep your teeth healthy. Also home care is very important flossing & brushing  twice a day especially before bed time. There are so many different type of products to help you maintain a healthy smile. Remember you are what you eat so a healthy diet is also important

Lawrence Gilbert, DDS
Woodbury Dentist
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Have teeth cleanings twice a year. Use a Water Pik every...

  1. Have teeth cleanings twice a year.
  2. Use a Water Pik every day.
  3. Brush correctly, by angling the toothbrush to the gums.

Michael Tischler, DDS
Newburgh Dentist

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