It might be a little late for a New Year’s Resolution, but it’s never too late to start taking care of your teeth. Try these five tips to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Soda, juice, and sports drinks are all delicious, but they’re actually terrible for your teeth. These beverages are acidic, and will wear down your enamel over time. Sugary drinks aren’t much better for you, since the bacteria on your dental plaque can change the sugars into acids. If you really want a soda, remember to brush afterward to keep your enamel healthy.
When you’re in a hurry to get out the door, it can be tempting to skip flossing. Dental floss removes things stuck between your teeth, and is essential for your mouth’s health. Even if you can’t see anything, a tiny speck of food between your teeth can cause a cavity over time. Floss slowly and gently, and remember to get between all of your teeth. Over the years, you’ll be glad that you did.
Just like any other tool, your toothbrush needs a little care to do its best work. Remember to rinse it well after every use. Bacteria like to grow in moist environments, so don’t put your toothbrush upside down in a cup. Instead, set it so that air can dry out the bristles. Once the bristles start to wear down, buy a new one; your toothbrush should be changed about once every season.
Water is much better for your teeth than soda or juice, but not just because it doesn’t have sugar. Being well hydrated encourages saliva production, which is important for your oral health. Saliva helps reduce the impact of acidic foods, and even contains elements that may help heal and repair your enamel.
Even if you haven’t had tooth pain for a while, you should still see a dentist at least twice a year. Regular cleanings can help prevent cavities, and the checkup will give your dentist a chance to check for any problems. The easiest way to deal with a dental problem is to prevent it entirely; don’t put off something so important to your health.
From checkups to cleanings to oral surgery, Southland Dental Care is here to help with all of your dental needs. Call us at 818-788-8787 and we’ll help you keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.
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