Have healthier teeth with these 5 simple tips
Caring for your teeth is easy. The key is to practice good habits on a daily basis, some of them you never have to think twice!
We rarely recognize our teeth as the strongest parts of the human body. Yes, they are the hardest bones we have, ranking 5 on the Moh’s scale and in our eyes they are indestructible. Well, somehow.
We use them to open stubborn packaging, hold onto objects when our hands are not enough and it is a convenient bottle opener. All of these things that we put through our teeth are important factors that cause periodontitis, tooth decay and tooth loss. Sure, you can go to your dentist if you experience these problems, but there’s only so much they can do to help your case. In fact, dental implants are the number one solution for those who lack one or more teeth. However, we would like to help you before it ever happens.
Stick with a good oral hygiene routine
You brushed your teeth from an early age, that’s great! Those who learned the art of toothbrushing in childhood have a greater chance of keeping up throughout their lives. However, there may have been a point in your teenage year when oral hygiene wasn’t your overall focus. There may have been days when they skipped brushing their teeth and that was slowly becoming a bad habit. One result of this is the onset of tooth decay and it follows you forever.
If you have given up brushing your teeth more than once, now is the time to break this habit. Just think, every time you miss brushing your teeth, slowly let the effects of gingivitis, staining and tooth decay settle in and tear your oral health apart. Don’t let that happen to you. Start using oral hygiene habits today – including toothbrushes, dental floss and mouthwash – and your future self will be very grateful.
Visit your dentist too if you don’t want
Here at Atlantic Dental Group, we ask that you visit your dentist at least once every six months. It’s not for our benefit, it’s just right for a lifetime with strong, healthy teeth. Even one cleaning per year can go a long way compared to not going at all. Your dentist is able to give your teeth a complete clean that you can’t get with just a toothbrush and give you tooth tips that are specific to your case. Here in our office, our dentists treat you like a friend. We won’t let you go home without educating you about your own oral health.
For some people, they don’t visit their dentist because their financially limited. Fortunately, there are some alternatives that you can consider if you fall into this category. Many dental schools offer free or discounted services when you are ready to let a student work on you. There are also free community-based clinics that offer basic services to qualified patients. Your dentist can also offer payment plans to choose from that extend your payment over a period of time. In essence, there is no reason for you to ignore a trip to the dentist.
You can never drink enough water
Drinking water is only secondary if you brush your teeth, if you speak of good oral hygiene. Water rinses out food particles that get stuck between the teeth, gums and tongue. It’s the only thing you can swirl around in your mouth (besides mouthwash) that won’t cause massive damage to your teeth. Get at least 8 cups of water every day, not only to keep you hydrated, but to lay out any persistent sugar and bacteria.
While you’re at it, go ahead and avoid too many sugary drinks. You are an adult, we cannot stop you from drinking soda even if you are one to dip your food in it, however, you will eventually pay the price of drinking too much soda with tooth loss and gum disease. In addition, sugary drinks dry out the mouth and cause dehydration. One of the safest ways to ensure that you have all of your teeth for life is to simply give up on sodas and the like.
Do equality investment in dental hygiene products
There are no cutting corners when it comes to taking care of your teeth. If you want strong and healthy teeth, you have to invest in them. It is important that you replace your toothbrush at least once every three months, earlier if you have overcome a disease spell. Toothbrushes aren’t even that expensive, the cheapest brand does as well as professional brands. You can also invest in an electric toothbrush that helps remove food particles and get between your teeth before you even floss.