Steps To A Flawless Smile

Phoenix DentistWhile it’s true we’re bombarded daily with messages about what we need to do to maintain our health, your Phoenix dentist will tell you that some actions related to your dental health are more impactful than others. It’s important to understand which habits and activities will give you the most bang for your buck where oral health is concerned. Dr. Carol Ford, a Phoenix cosmetic dentist practicing in the heart of the metro area, has identified three steps that are especially critical.

Three Steps For A Flawless Smile

1.  Stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water is a constant danger in the Valley of the Sun, every month of the year. Dehydration can contribute to dry mouth, which is a factor in serious oral conditions such as tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water (eight eight-ounce glasses) of water per day.

2.  Watch what you eat. The foods that we eat have a huge impact on how healthy our smile is. To protect your teeth, reduce the amount of sugary foods you eat, and limit sticky foods such as sweet rolls. On the plus side, some foods that are beneficial for your teeth include…

  • Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens and almonds
  • Protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs, which are all good sources of phosphorus
  • Fruits and vegetables, which are high in water and fiber and help to clean the teeth.

3.  Floss! Flossing is one of the most important oral health habits there is. Floss removes plaque from the 40 percent of dental surfaces that toothbrushes cannot reach. Flossing’s role is so significant that your Phoenix dentist may even mention that flossing is considered by some oral health experts to be more important than brushing. So if you have to choose between brushing and flossing, floss.

“Phoenix dentists know that their patients often can’t ‘do it all’ everyday where healthy habits are concerned,” says Dr. Ford. “But if you follow these three steps, you’ll be well on your way to achieving dental wellness.”



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