How many times did your mother tell you to
brush your teeth when you were growing up? But even with constant reminders, a lot of people
forget to take proper care of their teeth. Your teeth and gums can withstand
a lot of neglect before causing you discomfort but once it gets to that
point, it’s a long and painful road to travel.
Sugar and other sweeteners have become a larger part of our diets over
the years. When that sugar interacts with the plaque on your teeth, the
bacteria already present in your plaque releases an acid that starts to
break down the enamel on your teeth. The more sugary sweets you eat, the
more acid gets released and the more enamel gets eaten away. This will
cause cavities, tooth sensitivity and a myriad of other problems. The
best way to avoid expensive visits to the dentist is to properly brush
and floss. The key word here is “properly”.
To keep your mouth healthy you need to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. If you have been eating a lot of
sugary or acidic foods, you may want to do it more often.
- Don’t let your toothbrush get frayed and worn out or it won’t
do you any good. As a rule of thumb, you should replace your toothbrush
every three to four months.
- Floss every day to remove food that may be packed into the spaces between
your teeth. This will help keep your teeth healthy as well as minimizing
- Try to eat a healthy diet. Foods that are good for you do not have a lot
of the negative impact that sugary, processed foods have.
Schedule periodic visits to your dentist. No one likes to go to the dentist but a few quick visits for a checkup
and cleaning will help you avoid things like fillings and root canals,
which take a good deal longer.