Seeing a dentist can be a frightening, high-anxiety experience. You don’t need to worry if you have good dental care habits. The article that follows contains things you must know if you wish to use proper dental care every day.
You should always try to brush your teeth at least two times a day. When you are brushing, make sure that you are taking your time. You want to ensure that you’re doing a thorough job each time that you brush. By rushing through the process, your teeth may not be getting as clean as they need to be.
Avoid soda as much as possible if you want to preserve your teeth’s health. Soda not only contains a lot of sugar, but also contains acids, which can eat through the enamel on your teeth. Thus, if you drink these carbonated beverages, you are more likely to have cavities.
You can efficiently prevent tooth decay by using a mouth wash that contains fluoride. You should check the labels of the products you buy and look for fluoride. Do not take a fluoride supplement if you decide to use some mouth wash or toothpaste that is already enriched in fluoride.
If you are diagnosed with advanced gum disease, it’s time to step up your hygiene routine. At this point, flossing once, twice or even three times daily is no longer sufficient to stimulate healing. Make an appointment with a periodontist, who can prescribe a medicated mouthwash, toothpaste or prescription antibiotic. In the meantime, continue brushing and flossing frequently to keep things from becoming worse.
Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Your tongue can collect a lot of bacteria from eating. This isn’t very healthy and may give you bad breath too.
Flossing is essential to proper dental care. Regular flossing will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Carefully place the floss between your teeth. Gently pull the floss forwards and backwards. Never floss below the gum line. Properly floss by using it on the back and sides of every tooth.
If you’ve just had a meal but don’t have access to water, a brush and toothpaste, pop in a stick of sugar-free gum. Dentist recommended this as an adequate substitute until you can brush your teeth properly. Chewing gum will also help remove bits of food that may be lodged between teeth.
To help protect your children from swallowing too much toothpaste supervise their brushing. Use only a small amount of toothpaste. Dentists generally recommend using a small pea sized amount of toothpaste for children under six years old to help protect their health. During your child’s tooth brushing routine, explain the importance of brushing each tooth properly.
If you know you won’t be able to brush your teeth after a meal, try and eat foods that can act as temporary substitutes. Things like apples and celery are good for you and will act as gentle abrasion tools as you chew, cleaning the surfaces and even reaching between teeth to remove particles of food.
If you keep getting cavities (or your child is), talk with your dentist about the possibility of a sealant. This is a clear coating that gets brushed onto the teeth. It is permanent, and it can help children who have weak enamel and are prone to cavities. Sedation is not required for this procedure that is performed in your dentist’s office.
As you now know, maintaining great teeth isn’t hard. When your teeth are dazzling and healthy, you will look and feel better and younger. Now you have all the information you need to care for your teeth and gums.
Dr Arthur A. Kezian DDS
443 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004