Well, this tip comes first because it’s a given. We all know the golden ticket to healthy teeth and gums is to brush and floss. It’s tried and trusted. Be sure to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes each time, and floss at least once a day. Use manual floss or floss sticks, as long as you’re using something!
Ensure the mouthwash you choose is approved by the CDA and has active ingredients. Mouthwash containing alcohol dries out the mouth and can contribute to tartar formation. Be sure to choose a mouthwash, which is free from alcohol.
Water is a cure-all. It helps to reduce cavities by clearing bacteria and acids from the mouth and contributes to saliva production. It also helps promote good overall health.
Sugar is the leading cause of cavities. Sugars convert to acids in the mouth and break down tooth structure, resulting in cavity formation. Hidden sugars are found in many processed foods. Be sure to rinse with water or brush your teeth after consuming a sugary snack.
Do you know that cheese can help neutralize your mouth and prevent cavities? After eating sugar, your mouth is in a more acidic environment and eating something more alkaline like cheese can help neutralize to prevent cavities.
Wearing a sports guard while playing contact sports, even while practicing, can help reduce your chance of tooth injury. Common tooth injuries from contact sports are chips and fractures, luxation, and even tooth loss.
Many adults clench or grind their teeth at night. Common symptoms are headaches in the morning, sore/ clicking jaw and sensitive teeth. If you think you may be clenching or grinding, it is vital to have a nightguard made and use it every night.
Use toothpaste that contains fluoride to help prevent cavities. Fluoride helps to reduce cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. Be sure not to rinse your mouth or drink water for 30 minutes after using fluoride toothpaste so that it can stay on your teeth and work.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute added to gums, candies and rinses that change the bacteria in your mouth from the cavity-causing kind to the non-cavity-causing type. For best results, use xylitol daily.
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