Want to spend 2017 enjoying great oral health, and a beautiful smile? If so, do you know what it takes to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other common dental problems? The good news is that dental problems are largely preventable, and protecting the smile does not have to be complicated. You will need to commit to some important preventive care steps, though, if you truly want to protect your smile!
1. Keep a Daily Dental Hygiene Routine
Dental hygiene isn’t complicated or time-consuming, but it does need to be consistent, in order to best protect the teeth and gums against common threats, including cavities. A proper hygiene routine should include twice daily tooth brushing, and daily flossing, as well. Most adults in America say they are good about brushing, but fail to floss regularly. Sadly, this leaves the teeth susceptible to dental decay.
2. Drink Water and Avoid Sugar
Another really simple way to protect the smile is by drinking plenty of water throughout each day. Water produces saliva, which naturally limits plaque’s chance of sticking to the teeth and gums.
Of course, you should also avoid items with lots of added sugar, which can contribute to acidic erosion.
3. See the Dentist for Routine Cleanings
Finally, routine dental visits and cleanings are essential to protecting the smile, as well. Most dentist recommend having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. That said, if you have been prone to cavities in the past, you may find that more frequent visits are the best way to prevent further erosion and other oral health threats.