Even the best of smiles can be damaged if you are not careful. Barring oral accidents or injuries, most smiles are destroyed over time due to erosion and slow decay. However, there are numerous treatments and helpful measures that you can put in place to protect your teeth from daily risks. One of the key foundations of keeping your smile safe begins with oral hygiene. Always make sure that you’re cleaning your teeth correctly with the appropriate products. Furthermore, make sure you’re eating healthy and focusing on nutritious meals to help keep your teeth strong.
To help improve your oral health, limit between-meal snacks. If you are constantly eating throughout the day, you are increasing the amount of time that your teeth are at risk of developing dental damage. The biggest risk factor associated with eating between meals is due to the fact that food debris lingers on your teeth and gums longer, which gives plaque more time to turn the leftover food into harmful bacteria that can weaken your enamel. To avoid this, limit between-meal snacks and unhealthy foods, such as starches and sugars, as these foods can be easily turned into harmful bacteria. Be sure to also drink plenty of water to keep your mouth clean.
Beyond drinking water and brushing and flossing your teeth, you can add mouthwash to your daily routine as well. When choosing a mouthwash, avoid cosmetic mouthwash, as it is only designed to mask bad breath. Instead, use therapeutic mouthwash, which has numerous oral health qualities, including destroying bacteria that can cause dental erosion and cavities..
To schedule an appointment with our dentist to discuss optimal oral health care habits, give Country Club Dental a call at (209) 466-1043. Dr. Lavanya Gill looks forward to improving your smile at our dental office in Stockton, California.