Think you know what it takes to keep your smile in great shape? Many people feel they know how to care for their smiles, only to head into routine dental appointments and learn that they are actually struggling with cavities or even gum disease, as a result of poor dental hygiene or other mitigating factors. If you want to avoid this shock, and also protect your smile, the good news is that some dental knowledge can go a long way in helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy. That is, of course, so long as you act on it, accordingly!
Do: Avoid Sugary, Acidic Beverages
You might be trying to kick your daily soda habit to shed a few pounds, anyways. But did you know that regular soda intake could also increase your likelihood of developing cavities. Sadly, sodas aren’t the only problematic beverages from a dental standpoint, either. Any drink that is high in sugar and acidity can be bad for the teeth’s porous enamel.
So limit your sugary beverage intake, and drink through a straw when possible, to minimize the acidity on your enamel.
Don’t: Forget to Drink Water Throughout the Day
Better yet. Grab a glass of water instead of another beverage. Water is essential to your whole body’s functioning, and that includes your smile. Many people don’t realize that water is actually what helps the body produce saliva, which aside from keeping pesky dry mouth and bad breath at by, can also help limit plaque bacteria’s ability to calcify onto teeth. This, in turn, can help limit tartar and helps prevent cavities, which would likely require restorative dental fillings!