Preventing Dental Problems
Your smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. It shows your happiness, confidence and self-esteem. Understanding how important it is to keep your smile in the best condition possible is key to maintaining a healthy and radiant smile for years to come. If you've been looking for the secrets to keeping your teeth and dental health in optimum condition, here are your answers.
Stick to Proper Oral Hygiene
This is still your first line of defense if you're concerned about avoiding dental problems.
Proper brushing and flossing are very important in helping you keep your teeth clean. This easily washes away bacteria and other germs that can cause gum disease and tooth decay. The American Dental Association advises that you brush at least twice a day for two minutes each session.
It's also very important to brush every morning. This is because leaving overnight plaque buildup in your mouth can cause bad breath. Those who are used to drinking coffee in the morning should also wait at least 30 minutes to brush their teeth; the acidic nature of coffee can leave enamel soft right after drinking, which means teeth could be damaged by brushing.
Avoid Certain Foods
Some foods and drinks - like sugary soda, carbonated mineral water and even Prosecco - contain acids that can break down the enamel, causing tooth decay, among other dental health problems. This can also cause tooth sensitivity, making hot or cold temperatures difficult to bear.
Sticky and chewy candies also tend to stick between the teeth for much longer than other foods. This provides an environment for the mouth's bacteria to thrive, which may cause further damage to dental health. Smoking is also bad for dental health, not to mention its effect on overall health.
Don't Skip Regular Dental Visits
Along with proper oral hygiene and good lifestyle habits, the importance of regular dental visits should also not be ignored. This will protect you from a lot of avoidable dental problems.
Your dental health condition also has an effect on your general well-being. If you're looking for a great dentist, Dr. Norman and the Dream Smile team will be more than happy to help.
Feel free to contact us at 425-366-7983 to schedule a visit.