What do your teeth say about your health? Dental health can be a reflection of overall health, and some common tooth and gum problems can contribute to other issues throughout your body. A healthy mouth can help you prevent infection, inflammation, and more – but are you doing all you can for the health of your teeth and gums? Let’s look at three things you should be doing if you want a healthier smile in South Florida.
- Maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing two times a day and using dental care products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You should brush your teeth for two minutes each time you brush to adequately reduce plaque. You should also clean your teeth every day. If you wear braces or find flossing to be difficult, the ADA recommends using interdental brushes or a water irrigator. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and free of plaque can reduce your risk of developing dental caries (cavities) and gum disease.
- Eat a healthy diet. Are you eating for the health of your teeth? With a busy lifestyle, you may not be giving it a lot of thought, but what you eat and drink absolutely affects your dental health. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be great for the health of your teeth and gums. Food and drinks containing calcium can help you maintain strong teeth. Getting enough vitamin C is important for the health of your gums. But there are also some types of food and beverages you should watch out for – sugary and starchy foods and sugar-filled drinks can leave residue on your teeth that bacteria will feed on. The ADA recommends you “eat a healthy diet that limits sugary beverages and snacks” to keep your teeth in top shape.
- Correct misaligned teeth and other bite issues. It can be hard to clean the entire surface of overlapping teeth. And when one tooth crowds another, it puts pressure on the neighboring tooth that – over time – can lead to damage or even tooth loss. Common bite issues and problems with jaw alignment can cause trouble chewing and can cause headaches, neck pain, and other problems that make things unpleasant for you. The best way to fix misaligned teeth is to go to a specially trained dentist called an orthodontist. An orthodontist has the training and skills to help you get a straight smile. At Maria Yazji Orthodontics, we help patients of all ages in South Florida get straight teeth and keep their smiles healthy.
Insignia Advanced Smile Design uses the latest orthodontic technology to create custom-fit braces for patients at the Miami, Brickell, and Weston offices of Dr. Maria Yazji. Insignia Advanced Smile Design braces from Dr. Yazji:
- Are smaller and more comfortable than traditional braces
- Allow for faster treatment times
- Provide precise results
When you set up an Insignia braces consultation with Dr. Yazji, you’ll be able to view a digital image of what your new smile will look like. At the South Florida offices of Dr. Yazji, we also offer Invisalign treatment, Invisalign for teens, silver and ceramic braces, WildSmiles braces for kids, and more. See what our patients have to say about us, and let us help you straighten your teeth in Miami too. Improve the health of your teeth with Insignia Advanced Smile Design braces from Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics.