Many people simply do not realize how important oral health really is. You may skip brushing your teeth before bed or when you get up in the morning every once in awhile and this may not seem like it is such a big deal. Our teeth are very important and not just because we use them to eat, but also because the health of our gums can be indicative of other health issues. This is why it is important to keep your mouth in good working order. If you do not take the time to take care of your teeth you can end up spending thousands of dollars at the dentist.
How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
There are many small things that you can do in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. First, consider the foods that you eat. While gum and candy are obvious things to avoid, there are other items that can damage your teeth as well.
Coffee, cigarettes, and red wine can all stain your teeth. Carbonated soft drinks are not only full of sugar that can cause cavities, but they also have citric acid that can wear down your tooth enamel.
Simply cutting down on the amount of sweets that you eat is one of the best ways to keep your teeth in better shape.
In addition to what you eat, it is important to consider what you put in your mouth. We have all used our teeth to open up packages or rip off a tag. Avoid using your teeth when you could use another tool such as a knife or a pair of scissors.
Chewing on hard foods such as crusts and ice can also wear down your teeth. It is also important to be careful when eating meats that contain bones as this is a great way to chip a tooth, which means a costly trip to the dentist will be in order.
In addition to avoiding bad foods and habits, it is important that you take care of your gum and teeth. Here are some dentist recommended tips for teeth care:
- Brush your teeth at least twice each day. Brush for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. If possible, brush your teeth after every meal or snack in order to remove any food particles that may be lurking between your teeth.
- Floss! This is something that no one likes to do, but in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy and avoid expensive oral health related issues, flossing is a must.
- Toothpaste with Fluoride: choose a toothpaste that has fluoride in it as this will help protect the teeth against acidic foods. It also helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
- See a Professional: It is important to see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning. At these appointments a dental hygienist will remove any plaque buildup that you may have and your dentist will check your teeth for any possible issues or disease.
Overcoming your Fear of the Dentist
Not taking care of your teeth can become costly as mentioned and one of the best ways to prevent costly tooth damage is to see your dentist regularly. However, many people are nervous about going to the dentist.
At Birkbeck Dentistry we understand that getting your mouth worked on is not the most pleasant experience. However, we are here for you and are willing to help you overcome any fears that you may have. Feel free to voice any concerns that you may have while you are at your appointment or even over the phone before you enter the office.