A healthy and beautiful smile requires healthy gums. At Dazzling Smiles dental practice in Atlanta, serving Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama, Michaela McKenzie, DDS, and our professional team believe in empowering our patients with the latest information and education for lifelong oral health and wellness.
An optimal oral hygiene plan will help you maintain your beautiful smile, and strong teeth and gums. One critical component is to develop a trusting and familiar relationship with your dental professionals. Visits to the dentist every six months will keep your teeth and gums clean, and help prevent plaque and bacteria from creating future problems. Dr. McKenzie and our staff monitor any changes that may develop between visits so that potential issues can be detected and addressed.
At-home maintenance is also crucial. Brushing twice per day, in a gentle, circular motion, addressing each tooth individually, will keep your teeth free from debris and build-up of tartar. Dr. McKenzie can recommend the most appropriate type of toothbrush and product for your unique needs.
Flossing is an important part of your daily dental care and one that is sometimes overlooked. Brushing alone may not be enough to ensure healthy gums or prevent gum disease and subsequent tooth loss. Patients with sensitive gums or bleeding may worry about flossing; however, regular flossing improves gum health and reduces the risk of bleeding and irritation. Using a product that is recommended for you, floss between teeth, moving up and down instead of in a sawing, back and forth movement. With your index fingers, gently guide the floss between teeth, back of teeth, and around the gum line. This will remove plaque around your teeth.
Eating healthy foods and avoiding sticky, sugary snacks, along with a proper oral hygiene routine will help you to achieve optimal oral health. For more information about how to care for your teeth and gums, call us today at 404-900-5175.