From the desk of Jennifer Fuentes, Dental Assistant Instructor:
Having a beautiful healthy smile doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of habits that you can develop to help you in the fight against cavities and periodontal disease. Here are a few tips you can implement in your life to help you keep your teeth for a very long time.
Tip 1- Brush your teeth after every meal.
Don’t allow food to sit in your teeth and gums for longs periods of time. This can cause you to obtain more cavities.
Tip 2- Floss at least once a day.
Okay, so you are brushing after every meal now, but don’t forget to floss. Flossing is a key weapon to fight against periodontal disease and interproximal caries (cavities). Brushing alone will not help take out that steak you had for dinner from in between your teeth. You need to floss at least once a day preferably at bedtime so food doesn’t hang around your teeth for long periods of time.
Tip 3- Rinse with water after drinking sugary drinks.
Avoiding acidic sugary drinks will be ideal but if you have a weak spot for sugary drinks, such as sodas or juice, then your best weapon will be rinsing with water after. Most people think that the best thing to do after drinking an acidic drink for is to brush their teeth, but the acid of the drink can soften the enamel on your teeth which can cause some to be removed by brushing. Your best strategy for this one is to just rinse with water or you can just skip the coke altogether.
Tip 4- Invest in an electronic toothbrush.
Electronic toothbrushes are changing the game in the fight against caries. Electronic toothbrushes help remove soft tartar a lot more effectively than you can with a regular toothbrush. I dare you to try one and see the difference for yourself.
Tip 5- Seek professional help.
You’ve done your part and this is where the dental professionals come into place. Visit your dental office for your preventive cleaning and checkup twice a year. Brushing and flossing alone cannot remove the tartar that your teeth obtain naturally over time, you need the help of a dental professional.
Follow these easy steps and you will be one step ahead in the fight against caries and periodontal disease.