5 facts your dentist wants you to know about oral care
Brushing and flossing twice a day is so important
When you brush your teeth twice a day you’re removing the plaque that can cause cavities. Plaque accumulates on your teeth from eating and drinking and the bacteria that lives in your mouth. Flossing helps remove the plaque that’s between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Removing plaque also helps to prevent gum disease.
Gum disease can impact your overall health
One of the main causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Gum disease is also connected to strokes and heart disease. If gingivitis is caught at an early stage, it can be treated and reversed. If left untreated, however, it can reach the more advanced stage of gum disease, which is called periodontitis, and that can lead to bone loss. The best way to prevent gum disease is by brushing and flossing twice a day and getting regular dental checkups.
Bad breath is usually the sign of an underlying dental problem
Nearly 85% of people who have bad breath have something wrong with their teeth. Mouthwash can mask the odor, but it will not heal any problems in the mouth. Talk to your dentist about bad breath, because flossing everyday and brushing your teeth and help to reduce the problem.
It’s time to change your toothbrush
Manual toothbrushes should be changed every three months. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush more frequently, such as every month or month-and-a-half. This is because bacteria can hide in the bristles of the brush. Always rinse your toothbrush with hot water after you use it and change it after you’ve had the flu, cold or other viral infections.
Good nutrition is good for your dental health
When you consume carbonated soft drinks and food that have minimal nutrition, the sugar combines with bacteria that lives in your mouth to create acids that can erode enamel. This eventually leads to cavities and gum disease.
Even fizzy water can damage teeth because it has carbonic acid in it that erodes tooth enamel. A glass of sparkling water can cause microscopic levels of the surface of the enamel to dissolve. By maintaining a healthy diet and limiting the amount of sugary beverages that you consume, you can help to keep your teeth strong.
Taking care of your teeth isn’t hard! It just takes a simple, disciplined approach to brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist. If you have questions or want to learn more about what dentists want you to know, contact us at Tru Family Dental today.
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