A healthy smile helps to keep you looking young, energized, and happy. Tooth decay, sensitivity, and other problems can happen to even the most careful of patients due to environmental factors, medications, or habits. Preventing dental concerns before they happen is the best way to ensure your smile stays looking its best. Many preventative measures can help provide you with a healthy smile for life.
Brush Regularly; Brush Well
Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is the single most important way to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Teeth should be cleaned a minimum of twice a day, and sometimes additionally depending on your diet. This helps reduce plaque buildup, deter gum disease, and keep tooth decay at bay. Use a toothbrush and take your time to do it properly and thoroughly. If possible, invest in an electric toothbrush as well. An electric toothbrush can be more effective than a manual toothbrush.
Don’t Skip Flossing
Many people overlook the importance of regular flossing, with less than 30% of the U.S. population flossing daily. Brushing without flossing is like cleaning just the front and back of the teeth, and ignoring the spaces in between, where bacteria and decay can occur. Getting the teeth cleaned from all angles will help you avoid dental complications in the future. Many products are on the market, including string and picks, allowing you to find the best flossing tool for your life.
Maintain Regular Fluoride Treatments
Studies have shown that people who rinsed with fluoride twice a day had nearly one-third the cavities and decay than those who used fluoride toothpaste alone. Rinsing regularly with fluoride has been proven to strengthen teeth and help them repel decay, allowing you to help prevent tooth problems before they arise. If you have questions about different fluoride products and treatment options, such as prescribed fluoride toothpaste or mouth rinses, ask your dentist.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Sometimes there can be dental issues even when there aren’t any immediate problems. That’s why regular dentist visits can play such an important part of preventing health problems. A dentist can locate the source of potential problems and help you correct them before they become something bigger. Your dentist can also suggest different products and treatments that you can use at home to improve your dental health. There are many options available to fit your needs.
But don’t stop with the dental cleaning. If you have any concerns about your teeth, gums, tongue, or mouth, make sure to speak up and ask questions. Dry mouth can be a side effect of many medications and can cause your teeth to decay faster. Sensitivity could be a result of bacteria in the gum line that needs to be treated or from enamel erosion that can be corrected. Dr. Cindy Brayer is here to answer any questions or concerns you might have, and help ensure your smile stays healthy and happy for life.
Are You Ready for a Healthier Smile?
Getting into the habit of regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing, along with dental visits, can help you prevent the worst of teeth problems and keep your teeth healthy and strong. At Creating Smiles, our dental experts are here to help. Have a question? Visit our Ask The Doctors page for quick and reliable answers for any tooth related concern.