Do you frequently find yourself wondering if there are additional steps you should be taking, in order to better protect your oral health? Whether you have struggled with dental problems in the past, and simply want to create a better future for your smile, or are simply curious what steps you should be taking to preserve your smile’s beauty and healthy, there actually are a number of simple tips that can help to protect your dental health. They just require some diligent care, at-home, combined with routine dental visits.
Are You Caring for Your Teeth At-home?
The first question many preventive dentists ask their patients, is whether or not they have been brushing and flossing their teeth. The reason this is so important, is because both brushing and flossing help to remove the food particles that are often left behind after meals, as well as the bacteria that exists in the mouth, which over time can calcify onto the surface of teeth, creating a host of oral health issues including cavities, and contributing to gum disease as well.
To prevent these and other problems, it is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day (a third brushing after lunch is also ideal), and floss once a day, as well. Flossing helps get the bacteria that toothbrush bristles cannot reach, in between teeth!
Have You Considered the Role Your Diet Plays?
Another simple way to protect the teeth is by avoiding foods (and drinks) that are particularly hard, sticky, and/or sugary. Hard items, even ice, can lead to chips or cracks. They can also create increased sensitivity.
Sticky and sugary items are common culprits behind cavities, because they allow the plaque bacteria to feed. Plus, any item that sticks to the surface of your teeth for long periods of time, and sugar-filled drinks, which are often enjoyed for much longer time periods than food, can also cause increased risk of cavity development.
Don’t Miss Routine Dental Visits!
Finally, it is imperative to schedule routine dental checkups and cleanings, in order to have any calcified tartar buildup promptly removed, before it can create dental issues like cavities.