Taking care of your teeth and gums is a lifelong responsibility. You only get one permanent set so here are some helpful oral care 101 tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong!
- Brush Your Teeth & Tongue Twice a Day
- Floss at Least Once a Day
- Use Fluoride
- Combat Your Teeth Grinding
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Come Visit Us Every 6 Months
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day–when you wake up and before you go to bed–for two minutes each time. Brushing your teeth removes food particles and plaque that’s stuck between your teeth. If left there, your oral bacteria will feast upon these residual particles, create acid byproducts that dissolve your enamel, and cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing your tongue daily will also eliminate bad bacteria that’s lurking in your mouth.
The ADA also says that you should be flossing at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque stuck between your teeth that even your toothbrush can’t reach. By flossing, you remove plaque before it can harden into tartar, and you further reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps your saliva remineralize your teeth and strengthen your enamel. It’s essential in combating tooth decay and makes your teeth better able to resist acids from bacteria and food particles left in your mouth. Drink fluoridated water, brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash to help keep your enamel strong!
If you grind your teeth, you are wearing away your enamel and exposing your inner tooth to decay. Grinding can also cause headaches, jaw dysfunction, and tooth loss so be sure to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard at night. Moreover, be conscious of unclenching your teeth throughout the day.
A healthy and balanced diet low in sugar is vital for strong teeth and gums. Sugary foods and drinks like soda, sports drinks, candy, and chips cause bad oral bacteria to thrive and produce enamel-destroying acids. Instead of these kinds of snacks, reach for foods high in calcium that protect and strengthen enamel, like cheese, low-sugar yogurt, milk, and almonds.
Regular checkups and cleanings are one of the best ways to strengthen your gums and teeth. At your appointment, we’ll examine your teeth for any signs of enamel loss, gum disease, tooth decay, and more so that we can catch any dental problems early. We can also offer specific advice on how to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment!