Just as with the rest of your body, your teeth need to be taken care of if they are to serve you well into your old age. With good oral hygiene and watching what you eat and drink, it is possible to look after your teeth naturally. Here are some of the ways that you (and your dentist!) can help you to preserve your teeth.
Visiting Your Dentist
Part of having good teeth is regularly visiting your dentist; after all, they are specialized in helping you to keep them clean and repair any damage you might have. They can also help you to make your smile better if you wish. Dr. Mark Danziger, DDS & Dr. Brent Popovich, DMD are among the qualified dentists that can perform procedures on your teeth such as straightening and whitening. The ideal time to visit your dentist is about every six months, though this might be sooner if you need to have a procedure.
Avoiding Acidic Drinks
You might think that drinking lots of fruit juices and smoothies are always going to be good for you. While it is good for your body, it can have a detrimental effect on your teeth. The acid contained in the drinks can, over time, lead to the enamel becoming damaged. To try and prevent this from happening, aim to drink some water after your juice to rinse the acid out of your mouth. Another thing you can do is make sure you chew sugar-free gum after your drink. It will promote saliva in your mouth that should neutralize the acid.
Clean Your Teeth Properly
One of the most effective ways to keep your teeth healthy is to keep them clean! Dentists recommend that you thoroughly clean them at least twice a day, or after every meal. However, it is also ok to chew gum after a meal if you aren’t at home to brush them. Another important part of your brushing routine is to floss regularly. Flossing helps to remove particles of food from in-between your teeth that might otherwise start to decay your teeth.
Most dentists recommend that you brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush. This is because an electric brush moves at high speed, faster than you could during manual brushing. It is this rapid movement that helps to loosen food and remove plaque from your teeth. However, using a regular, manual toothbrush is perfectly fine, it will still do an excellent job of cleaning your teeth if you know how to brush them correctly. It is important that you spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth, many electric brushes have a built-in timer to help you, or you can just keep an eye on your watch.
These are just a few of the ways that you can look after your teeth, but there are also others. Smoking can cause a lot of damage to your teeth and gums, so you should avoid smoking for that reason alone. By doing these simple things, you can have a strong and healthy smile.