If you brush your teeth daily, you may feel like you are doing what you need to do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However just brushing your teeth is not enough.
- Floss Daily–When you brush your teeth, even with an electric toothbrush, it is impossible to clean between the teeth. That is what dental floss is for. It allows you to break up and remove food particles between the teeth to help prevent decay and gum disease. You don’t have to floss multiple times a day–our Hygienists recommend doing it at the same time every day. This way the food particles are disrupted and removed on a timely, regular basis and it helps get you into the habit.
- Visit your Dentist every 6 months–Even if you brush twice a day, inevitably there will be some areas that you don’t brush as well. Plaque that is missed by your toothbrush, especially near the gum line, eventually hardens to become calculus (also known as tartar). This calculus can’t be removed with a toothbrush and can only be removed by a Hygienist during a cleaning. If left untreated, it can cause decay and lead to periodontal disease.
- Don’t Sip Soda all day—If you are going to have a soda, it is better to have it with a meal rather than sipping it throughout the day. The sugar in soda combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid, which attacks the teeth. Even diet or “sugar-free” soda contains its own acid, which also can damage teeth. This lasts about 20 minutes after you take a sip and starts over again with the next sip. So while we prefer you don’t drink soda at all, if you must, try to have it at once with a meal.
- Stay Away from Hard Candy–Don’t even get us started on hard candy! Similar to soda, sucking on hard candy all day exposes your teeth to a constant stream of cavity-inducing sugar. Even if you suck on sugar-free candy, if you end up chewing or biting into the hard candy you run the risk of breaking your teeth.
- Wear a Nightguard–If you have been told that you grind or clench your teeth, you may want to consider wearing a nightguard while you sleep. This can help prevent unnecessary wear on your teeth and damage to existing dental work.
Source: willowcreekdds.com Blog