How to Improve Your Oral Health
Many oral health problems are preventable. Dr. Alan Frame, dentist in Santa Clara, recommends taking a few basic steps to safeguard your oral health and to prevent common oral health problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
The first step for taking care of your oral health is to brush and floss. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes each time. Use a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth as well as your tongue to eliminate plaque, bacteria, and food particles. In addition, make sure to floss your teeth thoroughly at least once per day to remove these harmful substances from between your teeth.
In addition to brushing and flossing, you should make sure that you visit Dr. Frame every six months for routine examinations and cleanings. During the examinations, Dr. Frame will look for signs of common oral health problems, such as cavities and signs of periodontal disease. In addition, a hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning to remove areas of plaque and tartar from areas that are difficult to reach by brushing alone.
Eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar can also go a long way toward preventing oral health problems. Sugar acts as fuel for the harmful bacteria in your mouth, allowing them to grow and flourish.
Call Dr. Frame to schedule your next appointment for an examination and cleaning. Dr. Frame is glad to help you prevent oral health problems as well as to restore your oral health and the look of your smile.
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