But there are things you can do at home, too, to make sure your smile remains healthy in between dental visits.
In addition to the hallmarks of your fight against gum disease — brushing and flossing twice daily and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups — you also can be careful about the kinds of foods you eat and drink as some support smile health and others will damage your smile.
As a general rule, either avoid or curtail your intake of the following teeth-staining foods and beverages:
- Soda pop
- Red Wine
When you do indulge in one of these treats, follow up quickly by brushing your teeth.
What's more, in the same way that "super foods" encourage whole-body health, there also are "super smile foods" that provide tooth- and gum- supporting nutrition for better smile health.
According to a recent article published by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, these super smile foods include:
Super Smile Food No. 1: Broccoli. This green vegetable helps support smile health by building up the ability of your teeth to fight acid.
Super Smile Food No. 2: Cheese. The lactic acid in this creamy snack or ingredient helps fight tooth decay.
Super Smile Food No. 3: Ginger. Using this natural root for flavor in your cooking or smoothies supports your body's ability to fight infection and therefore fights gum disease.
Whether you have specific questions about cosmetic dentistry, or about what you can do at home to promote teeth, gum and smile health, the Buffalo-area staff at Forestream Dental in Depew is here to help: 716-656-8686.