Ways to Maintain Your Oral Health

Do you want a beautiful smile for life? Let Dr. John O'Grady, your dentist in Danville, CA, show you how to have one. Maintaining oral health is not rocket science, but it is based on dental research which proves a little work every day preserves your teeth and gums in a big way.

What's your ideal smile?

Hopefully, it's one that looks good, feels fine and functions as it should. However, one thing can intrude on those healthy teeth and gums, and that's oral bacteria. Strep bacteria live in plaque and tartar, the biofilms which form from what you eat and drink.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that semi-annual cleanings to remove plaque and tartar reduce the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. O'Grady his dental team also know what you do at home makes the biggest difference in maintaining the health of your smile.

Ways you can maintain your oral health

1. Be intentional about dental care. Take your time when you brush (be sure it's a full two minutes), and do it twice a day. Floss carefully around each and every tooth, even if you have a wide gap between two of them.

2. Eat a diet low in acid and sugar. Your enamel and gum tissue will thank you for it (and so will your waistline).

3. Drink water to avoid dry mouth, increase saliva, aid digestion and wash off your teeth and gums.

4. Protect your teeth with a bite guard at night if you clench or grind your teeth.

6. Pay close attention to any special care instructions your hygienist gives you regarding veneers, dental implants or gum care.

Keep smiling

You can when you practice good oral care at home. Following guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA), the CDC, and local government Dr. O'Grady is currently seeing emergency patients only to help flatten the curve. Thanks for your patience and understanding. If you have a dental emergency, please call Dr. O'Grady's Danville office. Your dentist continues to be available for pressing concerns during the Coronavirus pandemic. Phone (925) 820-5585.

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