Caring for your Perfectly Beautiful Smile
To avoid cavities, gum disease and more serious dental issues follow these tips:
Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque; the main cause of tooth decay.
Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline, before it can harden into tartar. Once tartar has formed, it can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
Watch What You Eat
Limit sugary or starchy foods. The more often you snack between meals, the more chances you give the acids in plaque to attack your tooth enamel.
Regular Dental Checkups
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
What Special Dental Issues Should I Be Aware of as an Adult?
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you may face certain oral health issues as an adult. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent development of these issues.
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which in this early stage is still reversible. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen or tender gums that tend to bleed when you brush them. Advanced stages of gum disease may lead to tooth loss.
The health of your gums can also affect your overall health. Recent studies have shown a possible link between periodontitis and other diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and a possible link to premature births.
Cavities around existing fillings and decay on the root surfaces of the teeth become more common as we age. So it’s important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and see your dentist regularly.
Sensitivity can be an increasing problem as one ages. Your gums naturally recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel. In severe cases cold air, as well as sensitivity to sour and sweet drinks and foods, can occur. If you experience sensitivity, try an anti-sensitivity toothpaste. If the problem persists, see your dentist to see if there is another issue causing the sensitivity.
What Effect Does Diet Have On My Oral Health?
In addition to greatly affecting your overall health, proper nutrition is necessary for healthy teeth and gums. Eating a well-balanced diet gives your gum tissues and teeth the important nutrients and minerals they need to stay strong and resist infections, which can contribute to gum disease. In addition, firm, fibrous foods such as fruits and vegetables tend to help clean the teeth and tissues. Soft, sticky foods tend to remain on the grooves and between teeth, producing more plaque.
Each time you consume foods and drinks that contain sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack your teeth for 20 minutes or more. To reduce damage to your tooth enamel, limit the number or between meal snacks and drinks. And when you do snack, choose nutritious foods such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt or fruit.