One of the most important things you can do for your health is to take care of your teeth. Having good dental hygiene is not only a good investment for your health, but can also be long-term cost savings to prevent the need for expensive restorative work or dental repair. Best of all, good dental hygiene is a cheap and easy investment to make for such massive benefits to your health, and your wallet!
1. Brush gently, but frequently: This is more important than most people realize. If you had a bad day, please don’t take your anger out on your teeth. Being too rough when brushing your teeth can lead to gum recession and wear on tooth surfaces and roots. Make sure to use a soft toothbrush, and brush gently, but frequently (we recommend around 2 to 3 times a day).
2. Make sure to get Fluoride: Fluoride is perhaps one of the great achievements of dentistry in the 20th It is commonly accepted that fluoride is good for your teeth, but many patients don’t know exactly what it does. Fluoride is especially helpful in preventing tooth decay, especially acidic tooth decay from drinking too much coca cola or orange juice. It also helps protect and even re-build enamel in your teeth, thus helping you have a lifelong healthy smile.
3. Try to avoid too much Acid: As we mentioned about fluoride, drinking too much acidic drinks, such as coca cola and orange juice, without brushing soon afterwards can lead to tooth decay. Most people don’t realize that these acid attacks on our teeth are happening on a daily basis, and if it gets out of hand your enamel will weaken and decay. Your saliva will naturally help neutralize this acid over time, but it’s good to help it out by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Often, drinking soft drinks or eating candy too frequently will make these acid attacks get out of hand. So make sure to eat healthy, and brush often!
4. Make sure to visit your dentist: We all know that a trip to the dentist isn’t the first thing we want to do, but it’s certainly one of the most important. Making sure to schedule in a regular trip to the dentist for preventative care is relatively cheap and painless, especially in comparison to the restorative or repair work that would need to be done if your teeth are ignored. Even if you don’t have dental insurance, an investment in regular appointments is an investment well made, not only for your wallet, but also for your health.
If you’re interested in more information about how to keep your oral health in good shape, then contact Apple Valley Dental Group to schedule an appointment today!