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Oral Health

Home Care

A beautiful, healthy smile is an important part of feeling complete.

Good oral health starts at home. Our mission at Great Lakes Smiles is to empower our patients with the education they need to maintain good oral health throughout their life. The following information will help you protect your teeth from cavities, gum disease, and more.


Brushing Teeth

Brushing your teeth after each meal is critical to maintain oral health, but we realize this can be difficult. This is why we recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day after waking up and before going to bed.

Brushing your teeth removes food particles and bacteria from the teeth. Effectively brushing your teeth will help you maintain your oral health, and will also make your visit to the dentist smoother.


Flossing is essential for good oral health care and helps prevent gum disease. It is recommended to floss at least twice a day before you brush your teeth. Be sure to get under the gum-line when flossing to get bacteria out from underneath it.

You may notice bleeding when you start flossing, especially if you don’t floss often. However, don’t let that stop you. As you floss more often, bleeding will decrease with time and, which is a sign that your gums are getting healthier.


Avoiding Sugar

Sugar is incredibly bad for teeth because it erodes the enamel. Enamel is a strong layer that covers teeth and protects them from bacteria. Excess sugar, however, erodes this layer. Erosion of the enamel worsens if you don’t brush your teeth and floss twice a day as sugar is not cleaned off.

Eating Healthy

Healthy foods can strengthen teeth and may even help clean them. Eating a well-balanced diet, including a lot of fruits and vegetables, will help you maintain oral health.

Contact Us for More Information About Dental Home Oral Care

Dr. Suede at Great Lakes Smiles Dental is trusted by many patients in Plymouth and surrounding areas for comprehensive dental care. She is recognized for her high-quality treatment and patient satisfaction. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Suede by calling (734) 459-9360



A person’s diet can greatly influence their oral health. Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet, can improve the health of your teeth and prevent future dental problems. Eating a poor diet will cause many dental problems, especially if you are not taking care of your teeth.

Use the following tips to help you explore a diet for better oral health.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar is the #1 biggest problem for teeth. It causes a rise in acidity in the mouth, which wears down the enamel of teeth. When the enamel erodes, teeth are more susceptible to cavities and decay.

Avoid eating excessive amounts of sugar and be sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly.

Eat Fresh Vegetables and Fruit

Vegetables and fruits can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. They not only provide essential vitamins and nutrients, but they can also help remove bacteria. Celery and apples, for instance, are two potential options you can start including to your diet.

Drink Water

Water washes away acid, food particles, and bacteria. Therefore, it is critical to drink your recommended 8 glasses a day. This is especially true after meals if you are not able to brush or floss your teeth immediately after.

Learn More with Great Lakes Smiles

Great Lakes Smiles is committed to helping you and your family improve and maintain good oral health through brushing, flossing, eating healthy and routine dental care. Contact us now with questions or to schedule an appointment for a dental exam, cleaning or consultation.

Contact Information

40400 Ann Arbor Rd E. Suite 202 B Plymouth, MI 48170

(734) 459-9360

9:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:30 am -5:00 pm
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8:00 am- 4:00 pm
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