8 Tips to Help Keep Your Teeth Clean Between Cleanings
Getting a dental cleaning leaves your mouth feeling fresh and your teeth squeaky clean. To make this feeling last for as long as possible, Elevation Dental has put together some tips to keep your smile shining between dental visits.
Soda can cause damage to your teeth, eating away at enamel and making cavities more likely to develop.
Cut Down on Sugar
Your daily sugar intake may also be causing some problems, reacting with the acids in your saliva and causing the formation of plaque that leads to tooth decay.
Smoking stains your teeth and eats away at your gums, in addition to increasing the production of plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
Use Proper Technique
Brushing your teeth is only effective when you brush them properly, which a lot of people do not do. Use short, circular motions and hold the brush at an angle to get into every corner of your mouth.
Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it removes things that can be trapped between teeth or above the gum line.
Don’t Overdo It
Some patients think that brushing harder or more frequently removes more plaque, but it can actually make it easier for plaque to eat away enamel by weakening the surface of teeth with abrasive force.
Gum can sometimes be used to freshen your breath as well as to get rid of plaque and food particles in the mouth after eating meals. Stick to sugar-free gum whenever possible to avoid sugar.
Clean Your Teeth While You Eat
Soda weakens the enamel, but some foods and beverages can improve it. These include apples, popcorn, carrots, and even celery.
Does This Mean I Can Skip the Dentist Altogether?
Better brushing habits doesn’t mean you don’t need to visit your dentist – in fact, you should visit your dentist twice a year no matter what. This allows dental professionals to identify problems before they become worse and provide treatment.
What Happens If You Don’t Prioritize Dental Hygiene?
Without treatment from your dentist, you are at increased risk for a myriad of health issues including:
- Gum disease
- Loss of teeth
- Tooth decay
- Additional medical conditions, such as heart disease