Healthy teeth and gums make eating more comfortable and more enjoyable. Several issues that affect your mouth’s health, but the right treatment will keep your teeth and gums healthy as you age.
Here are some tips for keeping your teeth healthy.
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste
Besides brushing after each meal, following the proper way of brushing is also essential. When brushing, too much force can damage the tooth’s enamel, which can irritate the teeth and cause gum erosion.
Start by picking the right brush. Compared with a hard bristle brush, a soft bristle toothbrush is gentler on the teeth. Do not forget to change your toothbrush every three months when the bristles look frayed.
Clean between the teeth
You should clean with an interdental brush or dental floss between your teeth. Cleaning between your teeth removes residue and pieces of food from under your teeth and under your gum-places that can not be reached by a toothbrush. Stick to a daily routine while flossing or using interdental brushes and try to clean between each tooth. It helps to look in the mirror to check.
Don’t forget your back teeth, focusing on the edges of any crowns, bridges, or implants. We recommend cleaning at least once a day between your teeth, preferably at night. You can have your dental professional show you how to properly clean your teeth.
Don’t neglect your tongue
Clean your tongue to help your mouth fend off bacteria. Not only is tongue brushing essential to keep your teeth healthy, but it also helps reduce bad breath. There are now cheek and tongue cleaner toothbrushes out there to help you quickly extract bacteria from your mouth whenever you brush.
Use a mouthwash
Mouthwash can be important for good oral health. Here are three ways in which mouthwash helps:
- It reduces acid content in the mouth.
- It cleans hard-to-brush areas around and inside the gums.
- It helps to remineralize the teeth.
Ask your dentist for specific recommendations regarding mouthwash. Some brands are better for kids, especially the ones with sensitive teeth. There is also prescription mouthwash for those with gum disease.
Smoking destroys the body’s immune system, making it hard for the body to repair tissues, including those in the mouth. The CDC says smoking is a risk factor for gum disease. At the same time, the American Dental Association (ADA) warns that people who smoke might take longer to heal after a dental operation.
Smoking also affects the mouth’s appearance, leading to teeth and tongue yellowing and may lead to bad breath.
Consider your diet
When they mix with bacteria in your mouth, the foods you consume can lead to tooth decay.
To help protect your teeth:
- Eat lots of foods rich in calcium, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Calcium helps to protect the bone that the roots of your teeth are set in. This is especially relevant for older adults as well as for children developing their baby and adult teeth.
- Avoid sticky sweets like gummy candy. If you eat sweets afterward, rinse your mouth with water. Or brush your teeth, if you have an opportunity. Chew sugar-free brands, if you chew gum.
Water is your friend
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the number one source of added sugars in the average US diet. Drinking soda, juice, or other sugary drinks may result in an increased risk of cavities. Throughout the day, the ADA recommends drinking water or unsweetened tea and consuming sugar-sweetened beverages at mealtimes and in limited quantities.
Visit your dentist twice a year
Your daily habits are decisive for your overall oral health. Nevertheless, even the most ardent brushers and flossers need to see a dentist regularly.
You should at least see your dentist twice a year for cleanings and check-ups. A dentist will not only professionally clean your teeth and look for cavities but also be able to identify possible problems and provide treatment options.
Some dental insurance companies do cover even more frequent dental inspections. If that is the case for you, make the most of it. Doing so is particularly helpful if you have a history of dental problems, like gingivitis or frequent cavities.
As an adult, maintaining good mouth and tooth hygiene will help you prevent tooth loss, sore gums, or other problems. If you have any teeth issues or mouth questions, we’re here to help! Contact us today.