Since our oral health can affect our entire body, it is important to take the steps to ensure our teeth are being properly taken care of. To help keep your teeth strong and prevent cavities, broken or missing teeth, gum disease and more, be sure to care for your smile with these tips!
1. Have a Solid Dental Routine
Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth is the most important thing you can do to prevent dental issues. This dynamic duo aids in the removal of harmful bacteria and plaque from both the surfaces of the teeth and in between the teeth. For optimal results, it is recommended to brush twice daily and floss once daily. Additionally, making sure to brush your tongue while brushing your teeth can help remove even more bacteria, promoting fresher breath.
2. Limit Sugary Drinks and Foods
You don’t need to cut sugary drinks and foods out of your diet completely, but you should be aware of the affects it can have on your teeth. When sugary items are consumed, it interacts with the bacteria within plaque to produce acid. This acid is the culpruit of tooth decay. After eating or drinking sugary substances, be sure to rinse with water or chew sugar-free gum!
3. Treat Teeth Grinding
Many people subconsciously grind their teeth and can happen during sleep or throughout the day. When this process happens consistently, over time the tooth’s enamel can be worn down or fractured. If you experience persistent jaw aches, worn-down teeth or facial pain, you may need to consult Dr. Beall to help protect your teeth.
4. Don’t Ignore Reflux
Digestive issues such as heartburn, reflux and indigestion can wreak havoc on your teeth. These conditions bring acids into your mouth which can damage tooth enamel. We recommend talking with your doctor about treatment options.
5. Stay Hydrated
Keeping hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body, including your teeth. Drinking water can dilute acids, keep bad breath at bay and reduce harmful bacteria. Maintaining a habit of drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production, preventing dry mouth which puts you at risk for tooth decay.
6. Get Regular Check-Ups
Visiting the dentist is crucial in keeping your smile healthy and strong. Dental cleanings are needed to remove substances like tartar that you are unable to with brushing alone. Also during your visit, Dr. Beall is able to identify signs of trouble including cavities, oral cancer, gum disease and much more. Detecting these problems early can save you a lot of time and money. Dental visits should be scheduled every six months.
For a lifetime of strong teeth, schedule your next dental cleaning and exam at Beall Dental Center!