Save Those Choppers!
Bad teeth do not just look bad. They can host a multitude of problems such as bad breath, pain, and trouble chewing. One with dental issues may feel embarrassed and ashamed. They may not smile, and we all know how important it is to smile! Bad teeth may cause one to lose confidence and feel that they cannot get a job, find friends, or spend a lot of time in public because of how they look. Even more important, bad oral health can cause health problems such as deathly infections. Plaque and tartar build-up can cause heart disease. Of course, you could end up losing your teeth. Hopefully you have the money to purchase good dentures! Or, you can avoid all this by taking care of your teeth.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
- Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning. Dentists can remove the plaque and tartar that normal brushing might miss. They can also get those places that you may have a hard time reaching with a toothbrush. Also, your dentist can identify problems and take care of them before they cause too much damage.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. After every meal would be best, but you should at least brush in the morning and before you go to bed. Before you go to bed, you want to brush to get rid of all food particles and bacteria so they don't sit in your mouth all night and work at decaying your teeth. Make sure you spend a lot of time brushing your gums and tongue. The suggested time for brushing your teeth is 2 minutes, and most people do not do that. Many electric toothbrushes, such as the Oral B Sonic, have a built-in 2 minute timer. Use a soft to medium bristle toothbrush that does not take the enamel off your teeth. Even though Crest is recommended by the ADA, my dentist told me that it actually has grit that wears down the enamel on your teeth. He suggested Colgate.
- Floss at least once a day. Don't have time to floss? Do it while you're watching your favorite TV show.
- Use a fluoride rinse mouthwash before you go to bed. This helps strengthen your tooth enamel.
- Avoid things like sugary snacks that harm your teeth. Soda, juices, and sugary power drinks are especially bad. Smoking is also really bad for your teeth and gums, so QUIT SMOKING!!
- My dentist recently informed me that Listerine and other mouthwashes that contain alcohol may cause cancer. He suggested Listerine Free.
Take care of your teeth to avoid health problems and dentures. Dentures can be uncomfortable and take away the pleasure of eating. If you do have bad teeth, work with your dentist to find the best solution. Brush, floss, rinse, and avoid things that will harm your teeth. Most importantly, see your dentist every six months!