Posted by DR. CHRISTINE Y. LEE on Nov 30 2020, 03:57 AM
Everyone wishes to have healthy, attractive teeth. According to a recent report by ADA, 9 out of 10 Americans over 20 have had cavities at some point in their lives. That's shocking, right? So the next question comes, what should we do to take care of our oral health, thereby keeping teeth strong enough to avoid serious dental diseases?
Here are the four tips recommended for healthy, strong teeth:
As we all know, brushing and flossing the teeth in the right way is an unavoidable part of a daily dental routine to ensure oral hygiene. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least for two minutes twice a day. It is also advised to change your brush at least once in three months. Some studies even claim that using an electronic brush can be very effective as well.
Floss is the boss. By flossing once a day, you are taking a big step towards preventing periodontal diseases.
What you eat regularly can affect your oral health. So, it will be good if you can follow a healthy and nutritious diet plan. Avoid hard candies, soft drinks, and beverages, etc. Instead, include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy items, high protein low-fat foods, etc. Remember to drink plenty of water as it not only keeps you hydrated but also keeps your mouth clean by washing away food particles. It also prevents dry mouth and tooth decay.
Smoking is one of the biggest reasons behind some of the severe gum diseases in the US. How can smoking affect your teeth? If you are a regular smoker or chain smoker, this habit will cause a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream, resulting in more dental plaque, thus increasing the chances of gum disease. Also, if you are suffering from gingivitis (early-stage gum disease), then there is a chance that it won't heal even if you take treatment leading to periodontal (gum) disease. Not only that, gum disease tends to be a very common cause of tooth loss in adults.
People often do their best to avoid visits to dental visits until their condition worsens. In the worst-case scenario, this mistake can end up making you lose a tooth. So, you must avoid self-medication and get regular dental checkups at your nearest dentistry.
Rivermark Dental at Santa Clara is happy to educate and provide exceptional dental treatments to the community. Please schedule an appointment online or call us at 408-988-7788 to have a consultation with our dentist, and we will be happy to assist you further.
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