What is dental prevention?
Dental prevention is what you do to care for your teeth to keep them healthy. The CDC recently reported that one in four American adults have untreated tooth decay. But, with good dental hygiene, can reduce your chance of getting cavities, gingivitis, enamel loss, and other dental problems.
Preventative tips that are good for your teeth:
Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste daily.
Replace your toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray, three to four times per year.
When brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria from your mouth and help keep your breath fresh.
Floss daily to help clean the tight spaces between your teeth.
If you have braces, try a floss threader to get between the metal brackets.
Visit your dentist at least one time per year to check for any problems and cleaning.
Eat a balanced diet to help protect your teeth by providing them with the nutrients they need.
Limit sugar intake, including simple carbohydrates like white bread and sugar-sweetened beverages.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes, decreasing the progression of the disease. Practicing good oral hygiene and having professional deep cleanings done by your dentist can help to lower your HbA1c.
Written by Carrie Company