Oral hygiene is especially important when you want to get close and snuggle up with your someone, but the importance of good oral hygiene has health benefits that go way beyond a kiss goodnight. Proper oral hygiene is only one of the smartest and 5 easiest ways to prevent tooth decay.
Some require a bit of extra work, but others are no brainer additions to your daily life.
Let’s Start with the Obvious
You remember what mom told you; brush your teeth at least twice a day. That still holds true, but we might add in a third time like after a mid-day meal, if possible. Next items to note are how to brush, how long to brush, and what to use.
Most dental hygienists will tell you that two minutes is an adequate time to brush the debris away. Break up the time into 4 quadrants, and brush all 5 sides of your teeth. You should brush with enough pressure to remove the food particles, but not too much to irritate your gums. A soft bristle brush is best to clean your teeth and it is recommended to switch your brush out for a new one every 3 – 4 months.
Add in flossing at least twice a day to catch what is between teeth. There are many flavors to choose from and you no longer have to fight to get the floss in and out. Floss before bed especially if you had a snack after dinner. Add in a mouthwash with fluoride and you’re all set!
So why all the fuss? The ultimate purpose is to eliminate all food and bacteria from our mouths. If we don’t, the sugars in our food combine with the bacteria and acid to form plaque. Undesirable plaque leads to cavities and bad breath plus it can wear down the enamel and create inflammations.
Regular Comprehensive Dental Exams
The next best way to prevent tooth decay is to see Dr. JD Robinette on a regular basis. This is your personal report card for how you are maintaining your oral health, what you might need to add to your regimen, how you might adjust it, and to determine if you need some interim treatment.
This way you discover any issue early. In consultation with a dental professional, you decide how to schedule future visits to prevent tooth decay. You can also ask about sealants and other fluoride treatments to help you stay ahead of tooth decay.
Water Is Your Friend
Water is the perfect drink to prevent cavities, especially if it contains fluoride. You should always opt for water over any sugary drink or sports drink. Coffee and tea not only stain teeth, but contain unwanted acid, so try to limit your consumption as much as possible.
Rinse with and drink water after eating to help wash away food, sugars, and debris when you can’t brush within the hour. Water not only is refreshing, but it hydrates and keeps all systems in your body working optimally.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
This doesn’t mean you can’t have an occasional sweet, but just try to limit carbohydrates like pretzels, bread, chips, and other snack foods which stick to teeth and can encourage tooth decay. Concentrate on whole grains, protein, and veggies.
Chew Sugarless Gum
Not only does chewing gum keep needed saliva flowing, but it has recently been found that xylitol added to gum helps to prevent bacteria in the mouth. This is certainly one of the easiest ways to prevent tooth decay.
Contact Dr. JD Robinette at (828) 267-0651 to get an idea of how well you are currently battling tooth decay and discover how you can prevent it from happening in the future.