A sparkling white and healthy smile is something we all hope to maintain. While certain factors, such as aging, will eventually cause your smile to discolor and not be as white as it once was, there are some straightforward steps you can take daily to help combat this. One of these is an excellent oral hygiene regimen. That, combined with regular visits to your local dentist in Clearwater, Florida, will help keep your smile white and healthy. Dr. Beata A. Carlson and Associates at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry would love to welcome you to their practice, where they will provide you with dental hygiene care and tips for you to follow at home.
Oral Hygiene Starts at Home
Taking care of your teeth is an ongoing, daily activity essential to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. Even if you believe you are doing a good job, there is room for improvement. If you do not think that, it may interest you to know that 50 percent of Americans aged 30 and older; suffer from some form of gum disease.
At Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Beata A. Carlson and Associates believe in natural dentistry, also called holistic dentistry; holistic dentistry is a form of dentistry that focuses on how the health of the body and the mouth are connected. Non-toxic and biocompatible materials are all that will be used in dental treatments. The key to good oral health lies in this truth: good oral health starts at home, along with regular visits to your dentist. This will ensure that you remain healthy. Here are some natural dentistry tips to help you achieve and maintain excellent oral health at home.
Brush Twice Daily
Brushing twice a day with an electric toothbrush at a forty-five-degree angle is the most important thing you can do from home for your oral health. Regular brushing removes plaque, bacteria, and food particles from the teeth and gum line. Replace your toothbrush head at 3-4-month intervals or more often if the bristles become frayed or matted.
Go Fluoride Free
Most of the toothpaste at your local grocery or drug store contains two ingredients that negatively affect your body: fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate. These ingredients are unsuitable for the body and are linked to several harmful health conditions. There are kinds of toothpaste on the shelf, which do not have either of these ingredients, so find one and give it a try!
Eat More Alkaline Foods
Acidic environments are a prime breeding ground for bacteria and diseases, which lead to tooth decay and gum inflammation. Foods such as leafy greens can help your body maintain a healthy pH level, doing good to your internal organs and overall body function.
Avoid Whole Body Inflammation with Adequate Sleep and Daily Exercise
You are more likely to develop an oral infection when weakened immune systems weaken. One reason you may have a compromised immune system is if you are not getting adequate sleep or if you are not getting quality sleep. Making sure you get good sleep and daily exercise will give a natural boost to your immune system so that your teeth and gums are at a lessened risk of infection.
Have Metal Fillings Removed
Holistic dentists have moved away from silver-mercury fillings. One reason for this is that their makeup consists of 50% mercury. Mercury is incredibly toxic to the body and will harm your body’s health. Even if you have never noticed any apparent issues with your metal fillings, having them removed by an experienced natural dentist will ensure that your mercury exposure is ended.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Dr. Beata A. Carlson and her team at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry of Clearwater, Florida, are ready for you! Connect with her team today by calling 727-888-6523 to schedule an evaluation and initial exam. Our practice is conveniently located at 1825 Sunset Point Road and is open to new patients and families.
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