There is more to keeping your teeth healthy and white than just brushing them daily. Preventive dental care is defined as caring for your own teeth to ensure they remain healthy, including regular check-ups with your dentist. Preventive dental care will help you stave off gum disease, avoid cavities and keep your enamel strong. There are many ways in which you can practice preventative dental care, and all of these practices are intended to keep your teeth white, strong, clean, and healthy.
Flossing your teeth is one of the most powerful ways to fight off the build-up of tartar and plaque. Plaque builds up on your teeth daily and if left it will harden into tartar. Flossing fights both of these and prevents issues like gum disease, cavities, tooth decay and tooth loss.
You might brush once a day, or twice a day, but that doesn’t mean your teeth are healthy. There may even be a good chance you are not brushing properly. Floss before you brush and when you brush you should do so at a 45-degree angle. Be sure that your strokes are short and gentle. You should move in a back and forth motion, and reach every surface, don’t forget about the front, back or sides. Also be sure to replace your brush every three months and check your toothpaste to ensure it is fluoridated. It will need to have 1450 ppm for best results. When brushing, don’t forget your tongue. This will not only help keep your teeth healthier but also prevent bad breath.
There are certain beverages that are terrible for your teeth, whether it’s because they can damage them or discolor them. Regardless, be careful of coffee, tea, citrus drinks, soda and other sugary beverages, as well as wine. If you can’t help yourself, take sips of water in between drinks of your favorite beverage. You can bypass the discoloration risk by using a to-go lid or a bamboo straw.
Do yourself a favor and keep a handy dental kit with you at all times. Just handy floss, a brush and some mouthwash should suffice. A brush between meals will not only help eliminate the debris stuck in between your teeth, but a quick brush and rinse can help you reduce the bacteria immediately. If running to the bathroom to brush your teeth after a meal at a restaurant is not an option, gum may assist for after-meal care.
Regular Dental Check-Ups
You should see your dentist at least twice a year or more if they recommend it. Some people need more dental attention than others, depending on your needs, so don’t wait for a toothache to make an appointment. Your dentist will also offer teeth whitening treatments – these are ideal if you have healthy teeth and gums, but you also want to add some shine to them.
Keeping your teeth healthy and white is imperative and Sandor Family Dentistry are preventative dental care specialists. If you would like to schedule an appointment, Dr. Louis Sandor and Dr. Barry Sandor have many years’ experience helping families across Central New Jersey. Get in touch today.