Having a healthy mouth is important for more than you may believe. If you have unhealthy teeth, it can do more than just cause pain in your mouth. It can affect your entire overall body health. Preventing tooth decay is extremely important for you to lead a healthy, happy life.
We have bacteria in our mouths that can be helpful, and some that work against everything we do to keep our mouths healthy. The bacteria that works against us takes the energy it gets from the food we eat. When we don’t brush our teeth or floss correctly, the harmful bacteria grows and begins to destroy our teeth.
Your dentist is going to suggest several things to help you prevent tooth decay. You should have a conversation with your dentist to determine which method is best for you to follow.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. We all know how important it is for us to brush our teeth. However, do we know why? Because our mothers and fathers told us to do it while we were growing up and it has now become habit? Using a toothpaste containing fluoride at least twice a day, after meals and drinking especially acidic liquids, can help keep your teeth clean and prevent tooth decay. Even just a wet toothbrush can help improve the health of your teeth.
Floss your teeth often. Food can become stuck between your teeth, and brushing does not always remove every piece of it. Using dental floss or an interdental cleaner can assist you in removing the food. Your dentist can teach you the best method for flossing. Make it a habit to floss your teeth after every meal and before you brush your teeth.
Use a mouthwash rinse. Using a fluoride mouth rinse can clean out acid causing particles from between your teeth. Even if you don’t have a mouthwash available, using water is better than waiting until you get home.
Regular dental visits. Your dentist will most likely recommend you visit him and the hygienist at least twice a year, or every six months. You and your dentist can decide if that is enough, and the kind of routine that will work best for you. Regular dental visits will ensure that you have your teeth for your lifetime.
Fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments can protect your teeth by giving them the extra protection to fight cavities and tooth decay. You should consider fluoride treatments if you don’t often drink a fluorinated water, or if you eat high acidic foods and beverages.
Avoid snacking. Frequent snacking and drinking high acidic liquids can harm the enamel of your teeth and leave your mouth susceptible to harmful bacteria. Snacking will also affect your overall health, not only that of your mouth.
Healthy foods. Your dentist may recommend a healthy diet of foods that will help increase the production of saliva that will help wash away the bad bacteria. Unhealthy foods can become stuck in the grooves and pits that naturally form in your teeth, and can create places of decay.
Antibacterial treatments. If you are more prone to decay or oral problems than the average person, you may want to consider a regimen of antibacterial treatments. This may include mouth rinses, as well as numerous other treatments that will help reduce the bacteria in your mouth to keep the decay under control.
You will want to speak with your dentist for an overall treatment plan that will help you and that you can easily maintain. Your oral health can directly affect the health of your body, so you will want to work with your dentist as a partner.