Oral Health Month
In honor of Oral Health Month, we wanted to give you some tips and tricks on how to keep your teeth healthy. Dentistry is all about preventative dental care, which means we want to help you stay out of the doctor’s chair but get you in the hygienist’s chair.
The first step to good oral health is seeing your dentist/hygienist every 6 months for a cleaning and exam. The earlier, the better when diagnosing a cavity. Smaller fillings last longer, and the tooth will have a better future if we catch something while its still small. This can prevent the need for a root canal, post-op sensitivity, and just more money all around. The same goes for the health of your gums. If you do have some issues going on with the bone, or foundation of your teeth, we need to treat them immediately to prevent tooth loss down the road. Did you know more people lose their teeth to gum disease vs. cavities?
Brush and Floss
Yes, we added floss in there. As Dr. As-Sanie tells her patients: Only floss the teeth you want to keep. Did you know flossing daily can increase your life expectancy? Think of all of that bacteria, plaque, and food that settles under your gums every day. Brushing alone does not sweep out the plaque in those tight, hard to reach areas between the teeth. Think of putting mashed potatoes in your pocket and walking around with that for days, weeks, or even months. It will start to stink, among other things. This is what happens in the mouth. That soft stuff that settles hardens over time if you don’t remove it, basically causing a splinter like irritant under the gum that deteriorates the bone holding your teeth in place. If this doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. As far as the brushing part goes – twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Electric is better. Take our word for it.
Eat and Sip Right
Try to limit your sugary, flavored drinks to meal times. This allows the saliva to buffer out the acids between meals, creating a neutral environment the bad bacteria can’t thrive on. Drink lots of water. It’s your body and mouths best friend. Snack on stuff like nuts, cheese, and yogurt. Avoid sticky, dried fruit, carbs, and candy. Add in some Xylitol gum or mints if you do splurge on one of the no-no’s listed above and you may be in decent shape.
Dental Reflections Dublin
Don’t forget to come to see us at Dental Reflections Dublin. This is first and foremost. The others you can do on your own on a day to day basis. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here for you. We want to keep you reflecting your best here at Dental Reflections Dublin.