The basics of a healthy smile

When it comes to first impressions, your smile is often the most noticeable when meeting others for the first time. However, what if you avoid smiling because you are embarrassed at the appearance of your teeth? What if you have been struggling with periodontal disease and are unhappy with your oral health? Working with an experienced dentist is the first step in the right direction to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile.

Below are a few recommendations from the team at NW Heights Dental of Portland to follow for a healthier smile.

  • Brushing the teeth after every meal. This is vital to ensuring acids and sugars do not sit on the natural tooth enamel can contribute to the formation of tooth decay. Patients are encouraged to use a soft-bristled brush with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush their teeth, gums, and even the tongue.
  • Flossing. While flossing once a day can remove food particles that can become trapped between the teeth, flossing after every meal is a more desirable option when possible.
  • Regular dental visits. Patients are encouraged to visit their dentist at least every six months for a full dental cleaning and examination, which may also include x-rays to monitor oral health below the gumline. If problems arise between visits, patients should make an effort to arrange an appointment as soon as possible to address the issue before it becomes a more serious—and expensive—problem.
  • Eating a nutritious diet. You’ve heard the term, you are what you eat, and there is a lot of truth in that phrase. Patients can care for their smile by enjoying a diet high in fruits and veggies and low in calorie-loaded sweets and sugars that can contribute to cavity formation.

Are you ready to have your smile evaluated by a dental professional?

Seeking dental assistance is also important in maintaining a healthy smile. Call Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert at NW Heights Dental of Portland in Portland, OR to schedule an appointment at (503) 646-1463. Our professionals have years of combined experience in providing preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dental procedures for new and current patients in the community.

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