Your gums are an important part of your mouth. They provide support and protection for your teeth, keeping them in place and preventing bacteria from getting into the roots of your teeth. In order to maintain good oral health, it is essential to keep your gums healthy.

How can I maintain a healthy smile?

Our team at Glendale Dental Wellness, serving the area of Los Feliz, California, takes time to educate patients on achieving and keeping the smile healthy. Below are a few ways to do so:

  • Brush twice a day. Brushing your teeth regularly helps remove both plaque and food particles that often lead to gum disease. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently in circular motions.
  • Floss daily. Flossing removes plaque and food from between your teeth and along the gum line where a toothbrush may not reach. It is recommended to floss at least once a day.
  • Use a mouthwash. Mouthwashes are perfect for killing bacteria and freshening your breath. Look for ones that are alcohol-free and contain fluoride to help strengthen your teeth.
  • Eat a balanced diet. A healthy, balanced diet boosts the immune system and reduces the risk of developing gum disease. Be sure to include lots of whole foods like vegetables and fruits in your daily meals.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes is not only detrimental and damaging to your overall health, but it can also increase your potential risk of developing gum disease. Consider quitting or reducing your tobacco use for the sake of your oral health.
  • Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental check-ups, evaluations, and cleanings are essential for good oral health. Dr. Ivan Chan and his team at Glendale Dental Wellness can spot any potential issues with your gums early on and provide treatment. In addition to this evaluation, his dental hygienist will provide professional teeth cleaning, known as prophylaxis, to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth and gums.

What happens if I do not take care of my smile?

 The teeth are designed to last a lifetime. However, they need some help to stay clean and healthy every day. Patients who do not follow a careful treatment regimen and regular visits with their dentist are at more risk of developing potential problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. With the help of our team, we can teach you the steps you can take at home to maintain a healthy smile, making recommendations like the ones above to educate you on oral care at its best!

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Request an appointment at Glendale Dental Wellness to learn more about oral hygiene and how important it is to maintain a healthy smile!

Dental education is critical to ensuring patients maintain healthy smiles for life. If you are looking to improve your dental hygiene between visits and are located in the Los Feliz area of California, Dr. Ivan Chan encourages you to book a consultation appointment at his practice and ask about a dental examination and cleaning for your first time in our office. Call 818-243-3838 and visit us at 435 Arden Avenue, Suite #570, to find out how to keep your smile beautiful and healthy!