A lot of people think that part of getting old, means losing your teeth and wearing dentures. This is not true. If you brush and floss correctly each day, stay away from sugary food and drinks, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups. You will be able to keep your teeth for a lifetime.
It is important, that everyone get their teeth cleaned at least every six months.
Always use a soft tooth brush. Medium, hard or firm toothbrushes cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Always brush in big, gentle circles. Scrubbing sideways or up and down will cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Always brush and floss gently. Applying too much muscle pressure will cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Slow Down!! Everyone in America is in a big hurry. Slow down and be thorough. Make sure you spend time on each side of each tooth. Slow down when you floss also. Snapping the floss between the teeth quickly, does absolutely nothing for you. Slow down and rub the whole side of each tooth above and below the gums, gently.
Sugar is bad for your teeth! The bacteria that live inside your mouth consume the sugar you eat and drink. This causes the bacteria to produce lots of acid. When the acid sits on your teeth, it dissolves holes in your teeth (these are cavities). Try, to save the sugar you crave, for mealtime. Then, brush and floss after the meal to get the sugar/acid off your teeth.
Read the labels of the products that you consume. Everyone knows that candy has lots of sugar, but there are hidden sugars in many of the foods that you consume (like breath mints and cough drops). Look for the words, sugar, syrup, honey, or any word that ends with “ose”. Avoid sipping sugary drinks. For each sip you take, there is a whole hour of acid attacking your teeth. If you are sipping every few minutes, the acid keeps attacking your teeth for hours and hours, which results in lots of big cavities. Sugar attacking your teeth does not have an age limit. Everyone from infants to the elderly have to be careful about the sugar they consume.
To begin your journey towards a beautiful smile and a lifetime of good oral health, schedule an appointment today at (708) 849-8627.