Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall health and well-being. There are some habits that can damage your teeth, gums, and mouth. Listed below are some of those habits.
While many patients brush their teeth regularly, many others do not. Daily brushing is important for removing plaque from vulnerable areas of the mouth. If you don’t brush your teeth often enough, the bacteria that accumulate can create an acidic environment in your mouth that leads to tooth decay and other oral health issues. Be sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for the best results.
You can also give your teeth a boost of protection by rinsing your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash after every meal. This will help wash away food particles and bacteria before they have time to cause damage.
Your toothpaste should never feel like sandpaper against your teeth and gums. If it does, it’s time to switch brands or choose a gentler alternative. In fact, the American Dental Association says that abrasive toothpaste can cause receding gums and enamel wear over time. Some common culprits include whitening products, baking soda, and other abrasive ingredients. If your regular brand includes any of these, consider asking your dentist for a recommendation next time you’re in for a checkup. He or she may recommend a particular toothpaste brand that works well for people with sensitive teeth or other issues.
If you don’t visit the dentist regularly, you’re putting your oral health at risk. However, not everyone has the same risk factors for oral disease, which is why it’s so important to visit the dentist at least every six months for checkups and cleanings. During your checkup, we can identify and treat any minor issues before they turn into major problems that require intensive treatment later. For example, if we notice the beginnings of decay during your checkup, we can provide treatment for it right away before it progresses and requires a filling or dental crown later. Regular cleanings also prevent plaque buildup to avoid cavities and gum disease. We also check for oral cancer during your regular visits. If your general dentist does find signs of oral cancer, he or she will refer you to a specialist for further testing and treatment. To schedule your next appointment, call your local dental office today.
Many foods can do damage to your teeth, but certain foods are worse than others. The foods that are the worst for your teeth include fast foods, sodas, and sugary drinks. These foods have virtually no nutritional value, and they can cause tooth decay. Sugary candies can also do a lot of damage to teeth, too. It is important to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains that are high in fiber. You also need to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume.
By avoiding these foods and drinks, you can help to protect your smile from damage. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to rinse out your mouth after eating or drinking something that is damaging to the enamel on your teeth. Water will also help to keep your mouth feeling clean and fresh throughout the day. By eating well and avoiding harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol, you can reduce your risk for oral health problems like gum disease, dry mouth, bone loss, and even oral cancer.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Saunders, DDS & Dr. Brittany Krog, DDS, to learn more about maintaining good oral health. Visit us at 2834 S University Dr, Fargo, ND 58103. Contact us at (701) 293-9886 or visit our website to book an appointment.