We all know that we should be brushing our teeth morning and night, and flossing once a day. But do you know how to consume sweet treats in a way that minimizes dental damage? Do you know how and why small cracks develop in dental enamel? Our Dallas dentists are here with the answers. Keep reading to learn more about how daily habits that may be doing more harm than good.
Using the wrong dental tools
Take a good look at the oral hygiene tools that you are using, and make sure that they are not too harsh or abrasive for your teeth. For example, wooden and metal toothpicks may cause inadvertent oral tissue damage. Additionally, toothbrushes with very firm bristles can cause dental enamel to wear away prematurely. Talk to your dentist about whether a soft bristled brush is a better fit for you.
Eating and drinking all day
Sipping or snacking on sugary or acidic substances throughout the day will allow oral bacteria to stay active—feeding and growing—all day long. It is healthier for your smile for you to eat and drink at specific, time limited periods of the day. And remember, drinking water, and rinsing with water is always good for your oral health!
Ignoring bruxism indicators
Bruxism is defined as chronic teeth grinding and clenching. If you notice that you are clenching your jaw throughout the day, try to take a few deep breaths and relax your temporomandibular joints. Frequent headaches and neck pain can also be signs of bruxism. Reach out to your dental team if you are waking up with discomfort—you may be grinding your teeth at night.
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Today our Dallas dentists are getting back to basics. There are so many specially formulated mouth rinses and toothpastes available on the market today, and many of them deliver great results. But one of the best things that you can do for your oral health is to use plain old water to refresh your smile throughout the day. Keep reading to learn more!
Water is the absolute healthiest beverage you can drink. Any time that you are able to swap out a sugary or acidic drink for water, you are helping your smile by simply minimizing the amount of sugars and acids to which your teeth and gums are exposed.
It is also important to stay hydrated so that your body is able to produce enough saliva. Saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria, freshening breath, and re-mineralizing dental enamel. Patients who suffer from dry mouth experience increased rates of cavity and gum development. Chronic dry mouth is also associated with halitosis for the same reason.
Another simple habit that you can develop is to rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink anything other than water. This is a gentle way to refresh your breath and dislodge dental debris and plaque from between your teeth. Additionally, rinsing with water jump-starts saliva production, as, we already learned, adequate saliva levels are paramount when it comes to maintaining oral health.
Making the most of your oral hygiene routine doesn’t have to be about using the latest gadgets or buying specially formulated products. Sometimes, the
simplest solutions are effective. If you haven’t been consuming enough water, try tracking how much you drink throughout the day. Set timers for water
breaks, or carry a water bottle in order to make it easy to gauge your H2O consumption. As always, our Dallas dentists are here to answer any questions you may have—give us a call!
Bacterial plaque and tartar never take a day off; they are always building up in our mouths and attacking our teeth and gums. That is why it is so essential that you stick to an effective, comprehensive at-home oral hygiene plan.
This article from our Dallas dentists is all about making your daily dental hygiene routine work well for you. With a few small tweaks you can see big differences in the mirror!
Keep track of time
Many of our patients are surprised to learn that they should be brushing their smiles for around two minutes both morning and night. When you set a timer and brush for two minutes, you will likely find that you have been spending less time than recommended brushing and flossing. It can take a while to develop this good oral hygiene habit, so try timing yourself, or listening to a specific two-minute-long song, to stay on track.
Use fresh tools
Did you know that your toothbrush becomes less effective, due to natural wear and tear, in just three or four months? If you have been using the same toothbrush for months or even years, it is time to switch it out. As the bristles of your brush wear down, they become frayed and less effective at clearing away plaque. You should also swap your old brush a new one if you have been sick, as your brush head may harbor bacteria.
Scrubbing your smile too aggressively will cause your dental enamel to wear down, and your gum tissue to recede. Using a light hand will allow you to thoroughly clean your smile without inadvertently causing damage.
We hope that you have found some of these oral hygiene tips from our Dallas dentists helpful! With just a few tweaks and refinements, you can start to get more out of your daily routine today.
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