4 Ways to Protect Your Teeth
It is fundamental that you make conscious choices to protect your teeth. This may mean, for example, that you have to reduce certain foods. In this blog post, we are going to list 4 easy ways that you can protect your teeth.
Be mindful of your sugar intake
You have probably heard so many people tell you that sugar is bad for you growing up, but it is something that is so important to remember. Sugar is the root cause of most dental concerns. We are not claiming that you should give up sugar completely but we are saying that you should be managing how much you have and report how it affects you. Commonly, when you intake a lot of sugar in one day you will be able to feel plaque building up on your teeth. Sugar isn’t just found in cakes and snacks but is also added in fruit juices and general food items as well. When you can, avoid drinking or eating something with lots of sugar in it and opt for something else instead.
When we say regularly, we mean practically every day. food and debris can build up in your teeth in one day. Therefore, it is important that you are using floss to clean areas that your brush can’t get to. There are many different types of floss that are available, such as dental floss picks or dental tape, so choose the one that best suits you. For a list of the different types of floss available, go to the Oral B website or ask your dentist which one they think would be best for you.
Brush gently – avoid overbrushing
You may believe that if you brush your teeth with more force and for a longer time period every day, you are cleaning more thoroughly, but this is not true. If anything, by doing this you’re damaging your teeth even more. This is because you have what is called enamel on your teeth. This is what protects your teeth from pain and damage. Therefore, when you brush too much, you can wear this enamel down. Without a layer of enamel on your teeth, you are more prone to having dental problems, such as tooth decay. Instead of using sawing motions (back and forth), rather use circular motions over each individual tooth. Ensure that when you do this, you brush all the areas of your teeth – top, front, and back.
Use fluoride products
Fluoride is a mineral that is known to fight off tooth decay. This is because fluoride helps make the teeth more resistant and immune to acid attacks. This, in the long run, means it can prevent cavities from occurring. As well as this, fluoride is a great product that helps strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Therefore you should make sure you are using fluoride on your teeth, whether that is through a mouthwash or toothpaste.
Alongside carrying out these steps, you should also make sure you are following the basic dental procedures. This includes visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes.