Maintaining proper dental care is crucial in overall wellness and health. Whether you find yourself more prone to tooth decay or are looking at improving your dental care routine, we have provided four great tips below on how to best protect your teeth from tooth decay.
Brush Your Teeth for Two Minutes Twice a Day
To start, it’s very important to brush your teeth regularly. If you’re not currently brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you’re putting yourself at a large risk of tooth decay. Brushing your teeth after every meal is ideal, however, if that’s too much, brushing your teeth once in the morning and before you go to bed is the best place to start. We recommend brushing for at least two minutes each time in order to fully clear your mouth of any lingering food or bacteria which can trigger tooth decay and infections.
Invest in the Proper Dental Health Tools
Having the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss will also make a huge difference in your dental health. There is a wide variety of dental products on the market and making sure that you’re using the appropriate toothpaste, floss, and toothbrush for your individual needs will drastically improve your dental health, as well as any current issues you are dealing with. For example, if you find you suffer from extreme sensitivity, using a soft bristle toothbrush and sensitivity toothpaste will likely be most beneficial. To discover which products will cater to your needs best, ask your dentist for their recommendations.
Drink Fewer Sugary and Acidic Drinks
Prolonged exposure to acidic or sugary drinks will increase your risk of tooth decay and cavities. It’s important to cut back on these drinks or at least enjoy them in moderation. If you truly can’t skip your morning coffee or tea or evening soft drinks, make sure to drink water after and give your teeth a good brush.
Floss, Floss, Floss!
Although we know you hear this regularly from your dental hygienist, most of us are guilty of skipping the daily flossing routine. Very few enjoy taking the time to floss every day however we can’t stress the importance of flossing enough. This process cleans the areas of your teeth and mouth that your toothbrush can’t quite get to. If you’re experiencing more cavities between your teeth, and aren’t flossing – this could be why.
If you’re looking for additional assistance and tips on how to improve your oral hygiene and prevent tooth decay, we encourage you to contact us at The Teal Umbrella today!