When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, Brockville dentists all agree: prevention is the best medicine. Modern dentistry can do wonders to improve even the most damaged smile, but nothing is going to be better than preventing your natural teeth from being damaged in the first place.
Tooth decay is largely preventable, and it's not hard to do.
The Top Five Ways Brockville Dentists Encourage Healthier Teeth
1. Brush and floss every day
This is the first and most obvious step, but how you brush is the key. Too many people rush their brushing, and that means they'll be leaving a lot of food residue behind. A proper tooth-brushing should take 2-3 minutes, while being careful to scrub every exposed tooth surface. This should be done at least twice a day, particularly before bed.
Flossing only needs to be done once a day, but it's important to clean all the areas between your teeth that standard brushes can't reach.
2. Use mouthwash, if you can
Mouthwash isn't for everyone, but it's an excellent addition to brushing and flossing because it's anti-bacterial. A good mouthwash kills the germs and bacteria that cause tooth disease, cavities, and bad breath.
3. Avoid sugary products
Sugar is ubiquitous in food these days - so try to avoid consuming any more of it. Sugar is fuel for the bacteria that cause tooth decay, as well as being caustic and breaking down the enamel on your teeth.
Avoid sugary snacks and try drinking low-sugar drinks rather than sodas and fruit juice. You'll greatly reduce the harm done to your teeth in the process.
4. Don't smoke or use chewing tobacco
There are few things you could put in your mouth which are more damaging than tobacco products. They stain the teeth and invite decay. Worse, nicotine is an immune system inhibitor. Oral diseases or physical problems will be slower to heal if you use tobacco, or potentially not heal at all.
5. Visit your Brockville dentists twice as year
No matter how thorough you are, it's nearly impossible for someone at home to clean their own teeth as well as a professional can do it. (Even dentists visit other dentists for cleanings!) If you go in for cleanings and check-ups every six months, they'll catch any problems you missed.