- Caring For Your Teeth
- The reality is most of us frown every time we are reminded of a trip to the dentist. We automatically think of root canals, cavities and hours in that uncomfortable dental chair. Why do we have to feel this way? Ironically, if we were to maintain good oral hygiene, chances are likely that we wouldn't have such a painful trip to the dentist. Instead, it would be a smooth procedure that wouldn't require any type of sedation dentistry.
In layman's terms, good oral hygiene means possessing healthy gums not susceptible to bleeding, with less bad breath and plaque free teeth. Practicing this good hygiene habit means healthy life and less expenses. The less dental problems you encounter, the more savings you can generate. Follow these simple steps and soon you too will be phobia-free.
1. No matter how healthy your teeth are, it is vital that you brush at least twice a day. While you really should brush after every meal, twice a day of brushing can prevent food build up. For those hard to reach areas, you absolutely have to apply dental floss. Deficiency in exercising your gums can trigger bacteria build up which can lead to swelling and bleeding.
2. Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash is also very beneficial. It is important that you ask your dentist what kind you should be using. The right mouthwash for you depends on your age level. For adults, any generic kind like Listerine® will be effective . Hate that burning sensation? An alcohol-free product such as Crest® Pro-Health mouthwash is recommended.
3. Surprisingly, your diet also impacts the health of your teeth. Poor eating habits and vegetable deficiency can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. By eating a balanced diet, you can actually decrease the risk of infection and reduce the risk of cavities. Common sense pays off - get rid of sugar!
4. Scheduling two dental visits a year is critical. We all tend to overlook this dental visit and try our very best to come up with the ultimate excuse. However, the longer you postpone the visit, the more likely you'll have to pay (physically and financially). Maintaining a good set of teeth is a preventive measure for the occurrence of early cavity problems.
5. This is a fact which you should try- chew sugar-free gum. You heard it clearly- it is no deception. Dentists will admit that a common ingredient found in gum, Xylitol, actually prevents bacteria build-up that leads to tooth decay and other mouth diseases. Chewing this after meals may significantly decrease your chances of having another cavity.