An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Proper dental prevention and regular check-ups are your best bet for a healthier, pain free, beautiful smile. But how? Isn't brushing and flossing regularly enough? You do floss regularly, right!?!?
No sweat, we're here to help! Here are 7 ways to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, & dental health problems.
Manual toothbrushes can only clean your teeth so much. Electric toothbrushes are a popular and beneficial alternative to get a deep clean in order to prevent oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist if an electric toothbrush is suitable for you. A few options for electric toothbrushes are Sonicare or Oral B which have replaceable brush heads.
Tips For Using an Electric Toothbrush:
You shouldn't miss this step because flossing helps remove any extra debris that a toothbrush can't reach. Flossing daily with a proper technique will reduce your chances for cavities, gum disease and will improve your oral health overall. Ask your dentist and dental hygienist on good flossing techniques to ensure you're doing the most you can for your teeth.
Your choices of food and beverages also play a large role in your dental health and in preventing health issues such as tooth decay.
Avoid Foods & Drinks That Are:
Choose Foods & Drinks Like:
Rinsing your mouth with fresh water can be more beneficial than brushing your teeth immediately after every meal. When consuming foods or beverages with high acidity, the acidty weakens the tooth enamel. Brushing right after eating can be harmful, as the tooth is weakened after being in contact with high acidity food/drinks. Therefore, gently rinsing your mouth with water is a safer alternative. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash to freshen breath and help reduce oral disease. Alcohol-free mouthwash is less harsh than mouthwash that contain alcohol which can lead to dry mouth and other oral health conditions.
Your dental health is influenced by your overall physical health and wellness, so it's important to take care of your whole body. For instance, untreated gum disease is directly linked to heart disease, diabetes, and many other chronic health issues. Speaking with and visiting your dentist regularly can help with preventing health problems as well as identifying the early stages of oral cancers and other issues through non-invasive preventive screenings during your dental exams.
A proactive approach will help prevent oral health issues such as tooth decay, gum disease and help keep your body healthy long-term. Don't wait to treat health issues when they are intolerable, especially when it comes to aches, pains, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Schedule regular dental checkups and appointments with your doctor. Prevention is generally an easier process than treatment. For instance, cavities that are caught early will have more treatment options and will be a less-invasive approach.
Remember to take the warning signs of dental health problems seriously. Seek help if you're suffering from:
Even if these symptoms seem minor in the beginning, they may lead to serious health issues in the future. Remember to schedule dental checkups regularly!
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