Don’t be Fooled by these Common Ideas

damaged teethWe are inundated with tips on how to keep our teeth and gums healthy. A quick look around the internet and you will even find out how you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home, using ingredients from your kitchen, too! Many of the ideas you may be presented with could be harmful to your teeth. It’s important to know that, once damaged, matter like gum tissue and tooth enamel cannot be replaced. For this reason, it is good to consider just how healthy your habits may be.

Your Brushing Habits

Brushing and flossing are what we are told we must do to prevent issues like cavities and gum disease. If you have a strong commitment to prevention, you may fall into the pit of overdoing it. To get your teeth and mouth clean does not take a lot of pressure or aggressive motions. It does not require scraping your teeth with hard bristles or abrasive toothpaste. Tooth-brushing is a gentle, consistent activity and does a lot of good when you keep it simple. Too hard and too fast results in abrasions and receding gums.

Your Eating Habits

What you eat affects your oral health. You know this, and you may have even made some changes to your diet to reflect your desire to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Maybe you have switched to diet soda, and give your kids (or yourself) sports drinks instead of sugary juice as a treat. The mistake that you may be making is assuming that sugar is the culprit that causes cavities. In reality, the real danger is acid, and any soda, any carbonated beverage, and even sports drinks and many salad dressings have enough acid to erode enamel.

Your Independence

Of course, you should know how to take good care of your teeth! At the same time, there is teamwork involved. Forgoing visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings could mean that small problems are missed. Those problems grow into big problems and, well, you know.

We are here to help you avoid the common problems that cause discomfort. To schedule your checkup and cleaning, call our Glen Dale office at 304-845-2480.

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