The older we get it seems like the less we take care of our teeth. This is a serious problem because once our teeth are gone they are gone for good. So you need to take care of them while you still can. For all the adults out there here are 6 important dental tips from your Phoenix dentist.
Tip #1 – Brush Twice A Day
This is nothing you haven’t already heard a million times before. Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the best ways to prevent plaque and other hidden germs from building up in your mouth. So make it a point to brush your teeth in the morning and right before you go to bed.
Tip #2 – Choose The Right Type Of Toothbrush
Unfortunately not all toothbrushes are created equal. When you are buying a new toothbrush make sure it is ADA accepted. You also want the bristles to be polished as that will make them less likely to hurt your gums. You want a toothbrush that is long enough to reach all of your teeth.
Tip #3 – Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
You can’t use the same toothbrush over and over for months on end. At some point the toothbrush will wear down and stop doing its job. As your Goodyear dentist we recommend you replace your toothbrush every three months. If your toothbrush wears down before three months you will need to replace it sooner.
Tip #4 – See Your Dentist If You Experience Pain In The Jaw Joint
If you feel pain or have sore muscles in your jaw joint are it could mean you are grinding your teeth while you sleep. If you notice this schedule an appointment with your dentist and see about getting fitted for a night guard. A night guard will help protect your teeth and joint area while you are sleeping.
Tip #5 – Use A Mouthwash With Fluoride
The great thing about fluoride is it helps strengthen your teeth. They can also help prevent decay. So the next time you buy mouthwash make sure it contains fluoride.
Tip #6 – Avoid Sticky Sweets
If you have ever spoken with dentists in my area you know one of the most important tips they give is to avoid sticky sweets. Things such as taffies and pastries aren’t good for your teeth. Not only are they hard to chew but they have a tendency to stick to your teeth. When this happens you increase your chances of developing decay causing bacteria.
If you just can’t live without your sweets I understand. Just be sure to eat them after a meal. When you eat them alone they are more likely to get stuck between your teeth.
While there are many other dental tips I could and would love to share, we will just stick with these 6 for now. If you follow just three of these tips you will notice a huge different in how your teeth look and feel.