Meet our Hygienist Ashley! Ashley who has been with our office for 4 years, loves Texas, and takes pride in helping El Paso patients make informed decisions about their dental needs by providing individualized attention and care. Her main goal is to help maintain El Paso’s oral health!
Ashley is a wealth of knowledge on how to keep your teeth happy and healthy. We asked Ashley to give us her top 4 tips for healthy teeth and this is what we got!
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Daily
Everyone knows that brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is the best way to maintain oral health. This habit will allow you to have white teeth, fresh breath, and healthy gums. It will also allow you to save money on costly dental treatments and procedures that come from avoiding dental hygiene.
Flossing and brushing regularly will also help with overall health. Without regular flossing, you might notice that your gums bleed, which is a sign of gingivitis. One of the problems associated with this is that it allows bacteria to enter your bloodstream and attack your organs. This can also eventually lead to heart disease. Flossing also helps prevent diabetes
Visit Your Dentist Every 6 Months
Regular dental check ups are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular dental visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dental professional.
Your dentist can detect early signs of various types of cancer, periodontal disease, osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease, and acid reflux disease. While regularly brushing and flossing your teeth are good for maintaining oral health, 6 month check ups are the most important aspect to overall health.
Get Sealants for Your Molars
Dental sealants are usually used to treat children, but they are adaptable and effective for adult patients as well. The sealant is simply a protective barrier that is applied to the surface of teeth that are vulnerable to cavities. The barrier helps to keep out food particles and bacteria and thereby reduce the incidence of cavities. Since dental sealants reduce your risk of getting cavities so significantly, you spend a lot less time and money dealing with oral health issues.
Avoid Sugary Snacks & Drinks
When you eat and drink sugary and starchy foods, you’re not only feeding yourself — you’re potentially feeding the plaque that can cause problems in your mouth. A balanced diet, low in added sugar, is not only a great way to look and feel healthier but it will protect your teeth and preserve your winning smile!