5 Things You Should Be Doing for Your Teeth
As we race closer to the end of the year, you may be thinking of your New Year’s Resolutions. If dental care is not at the top of your list alongside weight loss, it should be. If you are brushing twice a day and flossing regularly you are ahead of the game already but you might not be doing enough. What else can be done with your pearly whites to ensure they are as long lasting as we all hope for them to be?
1) Conquer your dry mouth.
Saliva is your friend. Surprisingly enough it’s considered a better cavity fighter than your floss. So if you are struggling with dry mouth on a regular basis, it’s time to conquer that. Drink plenty of water or pop in a sugar free mint on occasion.
2) Cut back on soda.
Not only do you not need the extra sugar but the acidic quality of soda can be harmful to your teeth. That extra acidity can lead to cavities and decay. Focus on foods high in fiber and calcium to strengthen the quality of your teeth.
3) Stop smoking.
If you haven’t quit yet, the risk of losing your teeth should be one extra incentive for you. By cutting out all tobacco products, you will be stepping in the right direction to improve the health of your teeth. Once you have made the decision to quit, talk to your dentist to find out what you need to do to improve the health of your gums and teeth.
4) Let toothpaste linger.
We’re all a tad too quick to rinse out our mouth after brushing our teeth. By letting the toothpaste linger on our teeth, it’s working towards preventing decay. Make sure to purchase a toothpaste that has fluoride in the ingredients as well.
5) Visit the dentist once or twice a year (more depending on the health of your teeth and gums).
This has begun to be a debatable topic, but visit the dentist at least once a year if you have healthy teeth and gums. The dentist can
uncover hidden problems you may not be aware of. The longer you ignore a problem, the worse it gets.