By George Zatarain, DDS
August 21, 2014
If you want a healthy, cavity-free mouth, then take this dental advice to heart!
It might seem like a no-brainer, but keeping one’s teeth and gums health is extremely important. By maintaining good oral health, you can avoid pesky problems like cavities, gum disease, wear and tear of enamel, and many other issues. Everyone wants to be given a clean bill of health by their local dentist. Here are some things you can do to prevent dental problems and ensure that your next dental appointment is a cinch.
- Schedule Regular Dental Visits: We know how busy your schedule gets; however, don’t ever let it get so busy that you forget about your dental health. In fact, many dental conditions don’t cause pain, so you may not even know you have a problem until you visit your dentist. And the sooner you see your dentist, the better your dental outcome will be.
You should be seeing your local dentist every six months for cleaning, exams and X-rays. And if you’re at an increased risk for oral diseases, then you may need to come in more regularly.
2. Adopt a Dental Routine: Do you brush twice a day? Are you flossing daily? These are questions to honestly ask yourself, as these are the most important and easiest ways to prevent dental problems. Also remember to brush, or at least rinse out your mouth, after ever meal to really ensure that your smile is at its best.
Healthful hint: Replace your toothbrush about three to four times a year, or when you start to notice frayed bristles.
3. Use Fluoride: Fluoride is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth. So if you already haven’t, it’s time to go to your local grocery store or pharmacy and pick up fluoride toothpaste that’s been approved by the American Dental Association. If you don’t think you’re getting enough fluoride, talk to us about fluoride treatments.
4. Eat a Balanced Diet: It can be challenging to eat healthy all the time; however, besides boasting a fantastic body you’ll also have a beautiful smile to show for it. Limit sugars and carbohydrates, and load up on protein, fruits, veggies and a little dairy (calcium helps stave off gum disease and jaw problems).
Smoking and alcohol should also be avoided as they can cause stains, plaque buildup, gum disease, and dry mouth.
5. Mouth guards: If you’re a teeth grinder or you participate in sports, a custom mouth guard will protect your teeth against enamel wear, fractures and chips. Since teeth grinding can lead to TMJ, which causes significant jaw pain, it’s important to wear your mouth guard while sleeping (and to be conscious of when you grind your teeth throughout the day).
If you adopt these healthful hints, you will be enjoying a beautiful smile for many years; however, there are many reasons why dental problems happen. If you have any questions, concerns, or need to schedule a dental appointment, give us a call today. We’re always here to help!