Importance of Proper Tooth Care

Tooth CareProper tooth care is essential to maintaining a healthy smile and functional teeth. Your teeth are susceptible to cavities regardless of your age. Furthermore, gum disease also has the potential to occur at any point during your life.  Here is a look at the basics of proper tooth care.

Hygiene Tips for Healthy Teeth

Proper Tooth Care Starts With Flossing

It is imperative that people floss at least once per day.  Flossing removes plaque from the spaces between the teeth as well as the area below the gum line.  Removing plaque before it hardens to tartar is imperative to maintain oral health.

If tartar forms, it will stay in place until a professional remove it with specialized tools.  Move the floss down between the teeth and gums, wiggle it to free up food particles and move it in a C-shape for a thorough clean of this hard-to-reach space.

The Importance of Brushing

It is important to brush teeth at least two times per day with a toothpaste containing fluoride.  Regular brushing will help eliminate that pesky plaque and food particles from the surface of the teeth.  Plaque is the sticky film on the teeth that is the primary cause of tooth decay.

Proper Tooth Care Includes Eating the Right Foods

Do not consume an abundance of acidic, starchy, sugary or hard foods.  These tasty treats are a direct threat to one's health.  Try to avoid frequent snacking as a constant influx of food leaves tiny particles on the teeth that cause the acids in plaque to attack tooth enamel.  If someone has a craving for something acidic, sweet or sticky, they need to rinse the mouth with water or mouthwash after consuming the food in question.

Consuming a well-balanced diet of nutritious foods provides the teeth and gum tissues with the vital nutrients and minerals necessary to remain formidable and resistant to infections.  If infected, the chances of gum disease skyrocket.  Fiber-loaded vegetables and fruits help clean the teeth and surrounding tissues.  Soft foods that stick to the teeth are most likely to stick on the grooves and nestle in between the teeth, causing the formation of plaque.

Food with starch, acid or sugar cause the bacteria in plaque to generate acids that will wear away at the teeth for 20 minutes or longer.  So try to space out meals and snacks so there is less of a chance for damage to the tooth enamel.  Replace those sweet, salty and sticky snacks with nutritious treats like yogurt, fruit, cheese and raw veggies.

Proper Tooth Care Means Visiting the Dentist

Visit your dentist at least once every six months.  Your dentist's analysis is necessary to gauge the health of your teeth, gums, tongue, jaw etc.  The dentist will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, flawed brushing or flossing techniques, oral cancer and more.  This is also an opportunity to perform an in-depth cleaning to eliminate all the buildup you cannot clean on your own with regular floss and toothpaste.

Call us at (210) 593-7636 for more information from Preferred Dental Center or to schedule an appointment in our dentist office in San Antonio.

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