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Today, our The Art of Dentistry team is here to share smile care tips to help you keep your confident smile healthy and strong. Van Parham and our team offer a variety of services to help your smile, and there are things you can do every day to care for your teeth and gums. Your confident smile begins with the basics–preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Let’s take a look!

#1 At-Home: Number one in a confident smile is diligent daily brushing and flossing. This simple habit will help you achieve and maintain your smile health. Brush your pearly whites at least twice a day, and floss them (and along the gumline) at least once a day. Flossing at bedtime is a quick and easy way to rid your smile of stuck food. If you struggle with cavities, you can follow up with an oral rinse to reduce the bacteria in the mouth which promote plaque on teeth and gums.

#2 At the Dentist’s: Seeing your dental team every six months will support your daily care. At these visits, Van Parham and our team removes the tartar (hardened plaque) from your teeth and along the gumline. We also check for signs of gum disease and other dental problems. Early detection and treatment stop problems in their tracks while they are most effectively treated in the least invasive, and most cost-effective way.

#3 Eat Healthily: What you eat affects your body and your smile. Healthy teeth and gums thrive when you give them healthy dairy products, lean protein, fresh vegetables and fruits for nourishment. Your next step in this process is limiting or avoiding those sugary, starchy, empty-calorie foods (and drinks) which lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

#4 Sports & Recreation: Staying active is essential for good health, but it also means wearing protective gear. If you participate in high-impact sports or recreational activities, be sure to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and oral tissues from injury. These can be obtained at your local sporting goods store or purchased online.

Please feel free to reach out to our team in Irving, Texas or to schedule a visit. Simply call our The Art of Dentistry team today at 972-441-8199. We are happy to help you create and keep your confident smile!