Encompass Dental Studios

3024 25TH ST., COLUMBUS, NE 68601 | 402-563-4565

Dental Hygiene and Diet

Oral & Dental Hygiene

 

When it comes to our oral health, it is important to maintain everyday care to earn long-term health. Consistent good habits ensure that our teeth remain clean and our gums remain healthy. Meanwhile, bad habits can lead to any number of problems, ranging from lost teeth to cavities to oral cancer. Fortunately, a bit of care and good habit building can help to make sure our mouths remain healthy. Good oral hygiene is like exercising: If you do not use the proper techniques or equipment, you will not be effective and see positive results. Our skilled dental team will help you to make sure you are brushing and cleaning between your teeth properly and using the best products for your needs. We are here for you!

Diet

 

Our mouths are part of our bodies, and as such, they benefit from a good diet. It is recommended that you keep a few key staples in your diet to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy and strong. Be sure to enrich your diet with foods that contain plenty of vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin C. Vitamin D functions by stimulating intestinal calcium and phosphorus absorption. There are scientific trials showing that vitamin D was associated with an approximately 50% reduction in the incidence of tooth decay. Calcium, as most know, is a building block for strong teeth. Seek out calcium in dairy products, certain types of fish, almonds and green leafy veggies. Phosphorus goes hand in hand with calcium as another tooth-strengthening element. You will find plenty of calcium in fish, eggs, certain lean meats, nuts, legumes and dairy products. Vitamin C is good for gum health, as it serves as an antioxidant, which is also great for the whole body. Be sure to consume plenty of greens, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, pepper and citrus fruits — just be wary that citrus fruits and tomatoes can wear at your tooth enamel, so do not “graze” when eating them. Following with water or sugar-free gum can help return your teeth to a neutral state while still benefiting from the vitamins. Strive to minimize your consumption of sweets, carbohydrates and highly acidic foods and drinks. Steer clear of candy, sodas and other damaging foods and drinks as much as possible and limit your frequency of snacking (grazing). If you do choose to have a treat that can damage your oral health, try to neutralize the acid attack by chewing sugar-free gum or drinking a glass of water afterwards. Brushing your teeth with a fluoridated toothpaste 30 minutes after eating is also helpful. Waiting for 30 minutes gives your mouth time to neutralize the food so you do not brush the acid into your teeth, and the fluoride in the toothpaste will aid in remineralizing your enamel.

At-Home Dental & Oral Hygiene

 

Be sure to take care of your teeth day and night by brushing at least twice per day and cleaning between your teeth just as often. You can also brush and floss after meals — just be sure to wait 30 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth, since your enamel may be weakened by the food you just consumed (depending on if you ate something acidic). You can also incorporate fluoride treatments and water flossing into your daily routine to better remove harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums. Ask your registered dental hygienist or Dr. Alexander about the best products and routines for your personal oral health.

My experience at my appointment at encompass was the best ever I usually am over the top with anxiety. They were very reassuring and comforting. Definitely recommend them to anyone.

- Patti V.

We would love to hear from you
regarding any questions you may have.

Dr. Alexander and her teamare always willing to help answer your questions regarding our comprehensive dental services in Columbus, Nebraska, at Encompass Dental Studios. If you would like to schedule your next appointment with us, feel free to give us a call.

Call Us: 402-563-4565

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