Today we are lucky that so many technological advancements have improved the field of dentistry. Never before have so many wonderful and effective restorative techniques been available.
And when you do need dental work done, you can be sure that the procedure will be more comfortable and less invasive — and the results better in function and appearance — than they would have been in decades past.
That said, one thing has not changed. And that is the importance of preventive dentistry. Whatever advancements have been made, the best thing you can do for your dental health is to prevent problems from occurring in the first place. That will save you untold hours of pain, hours spent in the dentist’s chair, and, of course, money.
Follow these fundamentals of preventive dental care, and you give yourself the best chance of flaunting a healthy and beautiful smile for life. Schedule your next checkup with Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS, PLLC. Call our East Dallas, TX dental office at 972-360-9944.
Learn How to Brush Your Teeth
Wait a minute, perhaps you’re thinking. You brush your teeth every single day. And you’ve done so for as long as you can remember. Of course you’re doing it right . . . right? Well, not necessarily. There is a proper technique, and many of us either never learned it or we’ve gotten sloppy over the years. When you brush, keep these pointers in mind.
- Brush at least twice daily for two minutes at a time. Set a timer if you must!
- Do not brush too hard, which will wear down your enamel and even injure your gums.
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline.
- With gentle strokes, cover all surfaces of the teeth including the backs.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Toss that nasty worn-out toothbrush. Replace every few months or when bristles begin to fray.
Don’t Let Flossing Fall Through the Cracks
You should be flossing at least once per day. Lots of people like doing it at night to dislodge any remaining food from their daily meals, but the American Dental Association says time of day doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that you do it.
Flossing gets rid of food stuck between your teeth, but it also helps clean your enamel of harmful bacteria and plaque. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth and when you go up and down between teeth, keep it taut against the enamel. At the base of each tooth, use the floss to gently clean underneath the gumline.
Eat Tooth-Friendly Foods
Bacteria produce acids. And those acids destroy your tooth enamel and cause cavities. So you want to avoid foods that bacteria love. And they thrive on sugar and other carbohydrates. They especially love sugary foods that are sticky or gummy — think fruit roll-ups, chewy granola bars, even raisins and other dried fruits. Those snacks have concentrated sugars that, due to their texture, get stuck in the grooves of the teeth and create a long-lasting food source for bacteria.
If you do need a snack, choose something that’s good for your body as a whole and your oral health in particular. Cheese is an excellent source of calcium. Crunchy fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva production and help keep your mouth clean (even if, like apples, they do have some sugar). Nuts are another filling and healthful choice.
Drink Water, Not Sugar
The beverage you should reach for to quench your thirst is good old H2O. Not soft drinks, not sports drinks, not fruit juices. And just because a juice is labeled “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it’s not loaded with destructive sugars! When you sip these drinks, you are coating your entire mouth with sugar. This creates a feast for bacteria that produce acids that will go to town on your tooth enamel. Even worse, some people develop the habit of drinking sweet stuff all day long. This puts your teeth under constant bacterial attack.
And don’t think switching to diet beverages will save your teeth. While they may not contain sugar, low- and no-calorie soft drinks are often loaded with harmful acids.
Pay Us a Visit Every Six Months
Even if your teeth and gums look and feel fine, regular dental visits are critical. Our professional cleanings will remove plaque and tartar not possible to reach at home. And we can detect early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, enabling us to get an early start on treatment.
If you are due for a checkup in East Dallas, TX, call Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS, PLLC at 972-360-9944 to request an appointment. Or fill out our convenient online form and we will get back to your promptly.