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Teeth Whitening: Simple, Safe and Effective

At the office of Fort Des Miones Dental one of the many ways we establish trusting partnerships with our patients is to provide a wealth of information on maintaining optimal dental health and beautiful smiles. Whatever your age may be, there’s no secret formula for maintaining a healthy smile. It’s simply a matter of establishing an effective oral hygiene routine, getting routine checkups and care, eating a nutritious diet and avoiding harmful oral habits. Of course, the most important thing to remember is that to successfully keep your smile healthy, a consistent regimen of oral care is essential.

Enjoying the benefits of a vibrant smile in tip-top condition is not something to be taken for granted. To maintain optimal oral health requires a bit of effort.

Here are a few simple recommendations that can go a long way in protecting the health of your smile:
• Make a Commitment to Routine Checkups and Teeth Cleanings at the Dentist
• Maintain an Effective Oral Hygiene Routine of Tooth Brushing and Flossing at Home
• Avoid Smoking Cigarettes & Other Harmful Oral Habits
• Eat a Balanced Diet
• Limit Your Consumption of Sticky, Sugary foods & Sweet, Carbonated Beverages
• When Playing Sports Protect Your Smile With A Mouth Guard

It’s Important to Brush & Floss!
Maintaining a healthy smile depends upon keeping your teeth and gums clean with a daily routine of brushing and flossing. According to the recommendations of the American Dental Association, it is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride containing toothpaste that has been awarded the ADA seal of acceptance helps to keep your smile healthy and vibrant. Moreover, to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it is also essential to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gumline on a daily basis. Simply by taking a few minutes to gently floss the teeth once a day, you can reduce your risk of dental disease.

What You Eat Matters!
At your routine checkup visit, a member of our team will demonstrate the proper technique for brushing and flossing your teeth as well as provide helpful dietary guidance. While sugary foods, as well as sweet and carbonated beverages, can be harmful to your oral health, other foods that are rich in nutrients help to keep your teeth and gums strong, and boost your resistance to dental disease.

A Trusted Partner in Care
At the office of Fort Des Miones Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115

9 Tips for Good Oral Hygiene

Did you know that your smile can tell a lot about you? Not only it is an indication of your mood at the moment, it can give dentists a clue to your overall health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to such complications as oral and facial pain, gum disease and a variety of mouth infections that can affect major organs of the body.

That’s why practicing good oral hygiene and seeing a dentist regularly is so important for people of all ages. The state-of-the-art practice of Fort Des Moines Dental and our skilled professionals are dedicated to keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape.

Habits that promote good oral health:

1. Brush twice a day: Brush for at least two minutes, using fluoridated toothpaste.
2. Floss daily: It removes plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
3. Replace your toothbrush: Do this every three months or when it appears warn.
4. Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. This is one of the most effective ways to detect the early signs of gum disease.
5. Limit soda, coffee and alcohol: Excess amounts can cause tooth decay.
6. Drink milk: Milk contains calcium, which strengthens teeth and builds stronger enamel.
7. Some carbs are okay: Despite their popularity, low-carb diets can cause bad breath. A balanced, dental-healthy diet can help reduce tooth decay.
8. Take a daily dose of vitamins C and D: These vitamins help support the absorption of healthy mouth minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which support the bone and gum tissue, keeping it healthy. This is an easy way to maintain dental hygiene and fight gum disease.
9. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco: These are known to contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.

Committed to maintaining your great smile!
At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on the many other dental services we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115