Few people like a trip to the dentist and will do just about anything to avoid it. One of the easiest ways to avoid an unpleasant visit to the dentist is to practice good oral and dental hygiene. These habits prevent tooth decay that leads to cavities and infections.
Here are some good dental care practices to keep teeth healthy:
Good dental hygiene habits will significantly reduce the need for dental procedures. These hygiene habits include regular brushing twice a day with the correct brushing technique. Another habit to acquire is tongue scraping.
Keeping the tongue clean prevents germs and bacteria gathering on its surface and being transferred to the teeth. Floss between the teeth to remove bits of food that may be trapped there.
Minimize the grind
Patients who are inclined to grind their teeth during their sleep reduce the longevity of their teeth. A bite plate should be worn at night to prevent grinding. After taking a dental impression, the dentist could have a bite plate made specifically to fit the patient.
The bite plate is designed to fit comfortably over either the top or bottom teeth. It may take a while to get used to it, but the benefits are worth the effort.
You are what you eat
Certain foods promote tooth decay while others prevent it. A healthy diet can prevent cavities and heal them naturally. Eating the right foods have a huge impact on dental health. Sugar and starch are the biggest culprits when it comes to causing damage to the teeth. Vegetables and healthy fats are essential for healthy teeth and gums.
Up the intake of vitamins and minerals
In today’s fast-paced life, very few people get enough vitamins and minerals from the food they eat each day. It’s important to take a good vitamin and mineral supplement to give the body the nutrients it needs to maintain good dental health.
Before deciding which of the many different supplements to buy, scan through the contents. Teeth need Vitamin D, phosphorus, copper, and calcium to maintain and repair bone content. The right supplement should contain all these components.
Prevent mouth breathing
Breathing through the mouth is common during sleep. The result of mouth breathing is dryness. This makes the mouth the perfect place for bacteria to multiply and cause infections. Any conditions such as colds, flu, and sinusitis that result in mouth breathing should be treated promptly. Using mouth tape at night also prevents mouth breathing.
Can these habits eliminate the need to see my dentist?
While they may prevent decay and cavities, there may be other dental issues you experience that will require a trip to the dentist. Additionally, you should be visiting the dentist once a year to have an annual check-up.
Celebrity dentist Dr. Mobasser advises an annual check-up as well as tooth cleaning to make sure you don’t need any other dental procedures. Secure an appointment by calling (310) 550-0383.