Many people understandably procrastinate taking care of their teeth until they realize they have an upcoming dental appointment. Here are three ways to keep your mouth healthy between dental visits.
Some people get tired of hearing it, but a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and veggies will help keep your mouth and body healthy. Foods that are low in sugar or starch will reduce plaque levels and tooth decay. Eating a well-balanced diet of nutritious foods, such as nuts, grains and dairy products, will provide all the nutrients the body needs for healthy teeth. On the other hand, certain crunchy fruits and vegetables actually act as natural abrasives and clean the tooth. Celery, carrots and broccoli will help clean debris left behind by other foods. Eating healthy also means drinking fewer soft and sports drinks. Coffee stains the teeth and creamers contain high amounts of sugar. Bear in mind that sodas still contain carbonic acid that destroys tooth enamel. All dietary choices should avoid processed foods high in sugar, fat and salt.
Proper Tools and Techniques
Some people who brush every day may still get cavities. When brushing, be sure to tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle in order to reach hidden spots of plaque and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Some people find that using a power toothbrush makes a huge difference in their oral health. This is because embedded pressure sensors help the user maintain proper brushing form. In addition to this, proper flossing technique is important because brushing only cleans approximately half of available tooth surfaces, which leaves the rest susceptible to decay and gum disease. Using flossers or floss sticks are convenient ways to floss the whole mouth every night. There are also other tools that clean between the teeth available, such as interproximal brushes- tiny brushes. In order to naturally whiten the teeth, mix and brush with a teaspoon of baking soda and water.
Prevent Tooth Decay
Preventing tooth decay equally depend on diet and lifestyle habits. Foods that are rich in sugars and carbs will spawn bacteria growth that will produce tooth enamel eroding acids. Smoking and drinking coffee and wine will harm the teeth and gums. Most dietary choices can be improved through simple planning and commitment. On the other hand, dental science has proven that fluoride contributes the most to the prevention of tooth decay. Most city water systems add fluoride to tap water and many people use over the counter fluoride rinses and toothpastes. However, the fluoride levels are usually too small to make a significant difference on oral health. Therefore, many dentists now provide adult patients with prescription strength fluoride toothpaste. A powerful fluoride toothpaste will intensify tooth recalcification and can actually reverse and eliminate tiny cavities.
Overall, a healthy diet, the right tools and fluoride will keep your mouth healthy between dental visits.