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Do you know all of these tips? You may be surprised at what you don’t know! Read how easy it is to keep your teeth in the best of shape!
Getting sealants are a popular for kids but adults can benefit from them too! Sealants help protect the grooves of back molars from bacteria. According to Colgate, “dental sealants are a great form of preventive maintenance. Spending a little money upfront ensures neglected areas won’t result in costly dental procedures down the road.”
Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent cavities. According to the American Dental Association and over 70 years of research, optimally fluoridated water is “safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults.” If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride in your drinking water, you can ask your dentist about fluoride supplements.
Most of us know it’s not the best idea to snack on left-over halloween candy, but did you know snacks like chips, crackers and pretzels can be just as bad for your teeth? The leftover food can get stuck in the grooves of your teeth and if it sits there long enough it can increase the risk of cavities just like a sugary snack. If you can’t imagine cutting crackers out of your diet you should at least make sure to drink lots of water once you’re finished snacking to help rinse away any food left on your teeth.
The calcium and phosphates in dairy products help prevent cavities. According to a study published in General Dentistry, people who eat cheese have a higher pH level in their mouths which helps prevent cavities. “A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk of tooth erosion, which is a process that wears away tooth enamel. “The higher the pH level is above 5.5, the lower the chance of developing cavities,” explains Vipul Yadav, lead author of the study.”
Give your teeth a rest! Frequent snacking means longer exposure to foods and acids. If you must snack make sure to drink water to rinse away what food may be left behind in your mouth, and if you can, brush or floss between meals!
The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 months. If you notice the bristles becoming frayed you may need to replace it sooner! Never share toothbrushes and make sure to always rinse yours after each use. Store your toothbrush upright to help it properly air-dry, and try not to cover it because bacteria prefers growing in closed environments!
You have acid reflux! Acid reflux or heartburn can contribute to rapid tooth decay. “‘Stomach acid can eat away at the enamel on your teeth,’ says Dr. Ken Sutherland, DDS, a Delta Dental senior dentist consultant. ‘Your dentist may be the first to notice symptoms of the disease when he or she detects enamel loss.’” If you have acid reflux, be sure avoid already acidic foods.
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