Cavity Prevention Reduces Risk of Disease
Did you know that cavities are the second most-common health concern facing Americans? Tooth decay, a preventable condition, falls just behind the common cold. That means a lot of people aren’t properly caring for their teeth. The startling statistics don’t stop there: a recent study found that skipping even the most basic habits of dental care, like flossing and brushing, can increase your risk of heart disease by as much as 70 percent. That’s a pretty high risk factor and something worth avoiding. You can prevent tooth decay, gum disease and reduce your risk of disease with simple daily dental care habits and routine visits to your dentist. Use this guide to be in the know on how to save your smile and your total health for a lifetime.
1. Brush regularly. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes. Or, for improved care, brush after every meal and snack. If you are unable to brush, at least make an effort to carefully rinse your mouth with water.
2. Use mouthwash. For added protection against tooth decay, use fluoride mouthwash twice daily after brushing.
3. Make dental visits a routine. Professional tooth cleanings and regular oral exams should be scheduled at least every six months. If you are prone to dental issues or have a case that needs more attention your family dentistry practitioner may recommend more frequent visits.
4. Consider dental sealants. Ask your dentist about sealants. These can seal off grooves and nooks and crannies where food can become easily trapped. This will help in preventing tooth decay and other dental issues. Plus, sealants can last up to ten years with good dental care.
5. Drink some tap water. Most cities have added fluoride to their public water supply, making it a worthy treatment for preventing tooth decay. Not only does tap water help to remineralize the teeth, but drinking water in general promotes saliva production to help rinse away harmful bacteria. Try to mix in some tap water, if you exclusively drink bottled water, to help protect your teeth.
6. Eat tooth-healthy foods. Believe it or not, there are foods that are good for your teeth. Much like a heart-healthy diet reduces your risk of heart disease, certain foods can protect your pearly whites. Foods that protect your teeth include cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, unsweetened coffee, tea, and sugar-free gum. Each of these foods has specific properties that make them good for your smile.
7. Talk to your dentist. If you aren’t sure about all the options available for preventing tooth decay and the onslaught of bacteria and disease, an affordable dentist in Reading can make recommendations specific to your needs and help you achieve a forever-beautiful, award-winning smile.
To learn about our family dentistry practice in Reading, call Gentle Dental of Reading today at (484) 334-2592 or make an appointment.
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