What can you do to protect your smile? We all know that it’s important to practice good daily hygiene. You should, for example, brush and floss every day. It’s very important to visit your dentist twice a year. Brushing your tongue and using mouthwash might be right for you. But, did you know that there are even more things you can do to protect your oral health? Today, we’re happy to list a few of these.
In children, sealants may be an effective way to protect your smile. Essentially, your dentist will paint a thin layer over your smile that will block out food and plaque. This is usually used on the back teeth, since they are harder to reach and therefore more prone to decay. However, please remember that having sealants does not replace the need brushing and flossing.
Exposing your teeth to fluoride is one thing you can do to protect your smile. Fluoride replaces important minerals and can fight and reverse decay. While fluoride can sometimes be found in drinking water, it can also be applied directly to your teeth by a dentist or be found in your toothpaste.
Another thing you can do to save your teeth from decay is reduce the amount of sugar you eat each day. While sugar itself does not cause tooth decay—that would be bacteria—it does aggravate the bacteria. It is especially important to avoid sugary drinks (such as juice) between meals.
If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to protect your smile, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.