You’ve probably heard a lot of advice about how to care for your teeth. Some suggestions may not have been practical. Some advice may even have conflicted with other things you’ve heard. So what’s the truth? Here are some simple things you can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
Eat the Right Foods
Eating right is the backbone of healthy teeth. What you eat can not only influence your oral health but the structure of your teeth. Calcium-rich dairy is vital for strong bones and teeth. Leafy greens are a nutrient-rich choice and can contain folic acid, which has been shown to prevent gum disease. A good rule of thumb is to avoid sugars, but apples are a great exception. Their crunchy texture can actually scrape the surfaces of your teeth clean, and they stimulate saliva production to wash your mouth clean.
Brush After Meals
Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. If you can, however, brush your teeth after every meal to get rid of food particles and sugars that cause tooth decay. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush – soft bristles are enough to clean your teeth, and anything stiffer can damage your enamel and gums. Follow up your brushing with flossing at least once a day.
Choose Products with Fluoride
Fluoride is a salt that helps slow and prevent tooth decay. It is so important that it is even added to city water. When choosing toothpaste and mouthwash look for options with the ADA’s seal of approval and at least 1000 parts per million of fluoride.
Chew Gum After Eating
Can’t brush your teeth after lunch or a snack? Chewing gum could be a good substitute. Chewing gum may seem like candy, but a sugar-free option can actually clean your teeth. Look for a non-sugar sweetener like xylitol. This won’t cause tooth decay. The sticky gum pulls food particles off your teeth, and stimulates saliva production to wash out your mouth.
Schedule Dental Checkups
Even with the best home dental hygiene, professional checkups are important. Our trained hygienists use specialized tools to reach places that are nearly impossible to clean properly at home. More importantly, we can perform a basic exam. Regular exams let us stay on top of the health of your teeth. We can treat problems if they arise, and before they turn into something more serious.
Are you looking for experienced dental care in Emerald Isle, NC? Consider Emerald Isle Smiles Dental Studio. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or at (252) 370-9611.