Although you can still visit us at Collins Dentistry & Esthetics for care, we highly recommend our patients take their oral health as seriously as possible so they can prevent problems from occurring. Establishing healthy habits into your daily routine is one of the easiest ways to prevent gum disease and cavities and prevent you from needing to visit us for problems. Here are 5 habits for healthier teeth.
1. Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
When your teeth feel fuzzy or rough, it’s usually because they’re coated with dental plaque. Plaque feeds off of sugar and uses it to produce acid that causes cavities. It’s common to feel more plaque on your teeth after consuming sugary foods or drinks. So what exactly is plaque? It’s an invisible layer of bacteria that sticks to your gums and teeth. When you consume sugar or starch, the bacteria mix to produce the acid that can erode your enamel and attack your gums. This can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease. One of the easiest habits you can form is limited to the amount of sugary and starchy foods and drinks in your life. If possible, brush and floss your teeth after consuming them. Look at the sugar content in everything you put in your mouth.
2. Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice Per Day
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice per day with a fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to brush for a complete two minutes and reach every area of your teeth for the best results. To remove more plaque and debris from your teeth, consider switching to an electric toothbrush and brushing after each meal.
3. Floss Daily
You should also incorporate flossing into your daily oral hygiene routine. Floss reaches the 40% of your teeth that your toothbrush misses. It’s easy for plaque and debris to hide between your teeth and along the gum line. Without daily removal, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. For best practice, floss before you go to bed so there isn’t food lurking between your teeth while you sleep.
4. Use a Fluoridated Mouth Rinse
Keep your breath fresh and your enamel strong by rinsing your mouth with a fluoridated mouth rinse at least once per day. It will freshen your breath, strengthen your enamel and remove any residual food particles or plaque leftover after brushing and flossing.
5. Visit Us Every 6 Months
Lastly, you will want to make sure you visit us every six months for a professional dental cleaning. We will examine and clean your teeth during this appointment. Our dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth to prevent future problems from occurring. We will also address any other concerns we might find during your dental exam. The sooner a problem receives treatment, the less likely it will turn into a severe problem.