Preventive Dentistry 101: What You Can Do for Your Oral Health
We're always looking for ways to improve ourselves. Trouble is, the path toward betterment is often difficult. It’s tough to start up an exercise regimen, get a new degree, or find a more satisfying career. Of course, you should still strive for fulfillment in these areas – but most people are less likely to do so because of the work involved.
When it comes to your teeth, there's some better news: it's not so tricky to build and preserve excellent oral health. The secret is to let every area of your life inform that health. With a few adjustments, you can help your diet, lifestyle, and daily choices add up to a stronger, more gratifying smile.
Boosting Your Oral Hygiene
We’ll start this list off with the most obvious aspect of preventive dentistry: brushing and flossing. But while you may already be cleaning twice a day, you may not be doing so in the best possible way. Here’s how to boost your hygiene and make it really count:
- Read up on brushing and flossing techniques – We learn how to brush and floss as kids, and may not revisit the proper techniques again. As the years go by, we can get a little sloppy. Studying oral hygiene not sound exciting, but it can help you brush and floss thoroughly. If you clean your teeth efficiently, you can even save time on your cleaning each day. Less time in the bathroom means more time for relaxation!
- Make sure your dental products are the right ones for your mouth – There are so many dental products on the market. There’s sure to be one that clicks with your needs. Whether it’s due to flavor, ease of use, or add-ons, there is toothbrush, floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash that you will love out there. Find it to get more engaged with your cleaning.
- Check in with Dr. Lee – Regular exams are the best way to prevent problems. Visit Elkhart Dental Center every six months so that Dr. Lee can monitor for cavities and gum disease.
A Tooth-Healthy Diet
You know that sugar is the top enemy in the fight against cavities. But do you know how much sugar is present in the foods you regularly eat? Check the nutrition information of your favorite foods to make sure they’re wise choices.
Snacks are the most dangerous foods you eat, because they’re not accompanied by a full meal (when eating a meal, saliva flow and beverages help wash away disease-causing food particles). When snacking, try to eat one of the following:
- Raw vegetables
- Raw fruit (non-citrus, which can be too acidic)
- Dairy (unsweetened yogurt, milk, and cheese)
- Lean protein (chicken or fish)
And, as always, so NO to soda!
When Tooth Protection is the Right Idea
Your teeth aren’t always strong enough to take care of themselves. Sometimes, they need a little extra protection. Whether you routinely grind your teeth at night, or engage in contact sports, a mouth guard is a great idea. A custom guard fits snugly, and preserves your enamel and dental work. Physical trauma can cause serious damage to teeth, both long- and short-term.
How Your Dental Care Changes Over Time
As you age, your body changes. You need to tailor your personal care to make sure it addresses pressing needs. The mouth is no different, and what once kept it healthy may not always be the most effective practice.
Keep up with the shifting landscape of oral health by scheduling regular exams. You’ll learn about what you should be doing in the moment, and you’ll gain peace of mind from learning there aren’t any problems taking hold.