At One Smile Dental, we believe the phrase, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is especially true when it comes to your dental health. Preventive care can manage and even eliminate many common dental problems. Dr. Collins and the rest of our well-qualified team have come up with five great tips for maintaining your oral health.
1. Create a Home-Care Routine
One of the most important things you can do to preserve your smile is to create a regular preventive care routine at home. This means brushing twice daily for two minutes each time, and flossing once daily. Technique is important, so check with our friendly team next time you’re getting your teeth cleaned to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy.
2. Keep an Eye On Your Diet
Diet is an often-overlooked part of oral health. Remember that foods high in sugar can increase your risk for cavities and tooth decay, as the bacteria in your mouth break down sugar to form acids that wear away the enamel on your teeth. In addition to limiting your sugar-intake, be sure you’re drinking enough water.
3. Protect Your Teeth
Remember, your teeth aren’t tools. Do not use them to open packages, bottles, nutshells, or other things. Often, we see patients with chipped or cracked teeth because they used their teeth to try to open something! Additionally, if you play a contact sport, consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth. Consult with us at your next visit whether a custom mouthguard is a good fit for you or your child athlete.
4. Watch What You Chew
Avoid chewing on ice. If you need to chew on something, we recommend celery sticks, baby carrots, or sugar-free gum. Sugar-free gum freshens your breath and stimulates the production of saliva that breaks down and washes away food particles.
5. Visit Us!
Incorporate the above tips into your oral care and make sure you’re visiting our office regularly for cleanings and exams. Dr. Collins will keep an eye on any potential issues and help you maintain the health of your teeth.
To ask our friendly team any questions about caring for your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment, get in touch with our office!CONTACT US TODAY