Do you wish to keep your smile for life? If so, you need to establish good oral hygiene habits. At Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, Dr. Jason Cohen is your go-to dentist for white teeth, fresh breath, and pink gums.
A great smile takes some work
But, it's really not that difficult. Brush with a fluoridated toothpaste at least twice daily for two minutes each time. Be thorough when gently cleaning the chewing and cheek-side surfaces, and don't forget the back of all your teeth.
Also, floss your teeth with a product you like and that you can easily use every day. This anti-plaque practice has been around for generations, and today's dentists see the long-term results when patients neglect flossing or practice it regularly. Flossing prevents gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States (according to the Centers for Disease Control).
Take your time when you floss. Move the strand of floss up and down between your teeth, and wind the used portion around your index finger. Dear Doctor says you'll know when your teeth are clean when the flossing motion produces a little squeaking sound.
In addition, do something healthy for your mouth and your overall health: eat well. Avoid sugar, starches, alcohol, and cigarettes, and remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Finally, these recommendations will protect your teeth and gums from injury and serious illness:
- Wear a bite guard if you clench your teeth. Bruxism causes headaches and jaw joint problems, and it wears down your tooth enamel quickly.
- Put on an athletic bite guard every time you play football or other heavy-duty sport. This simple practice avoids injury and urgent trips to the dentist's office or hospital ER.
- Look at your teeth, gums, and tongue. Report swelling, sores, bleeding, or chipped teeth and fillings to your dentist as soon as possible.
Your dentist and hygienist will help
Visit our Southgate office every six months. Here, you'll receive a complete dental and gingival (gum) examination, an X-ray screening, and a thorough professional cleaning. This routine visit is also the perfect opportunity to ask your dentist and hygienist questions. Together, you'll achieve your best hygiene habits and oral health.
Find out more
In the Southgate, MI, area, get the finest in-office care and coaching for excellent oral hygiene at home. Contact your dentist, Dr. Jason Cohen, at (734) 283-1263.