How many times a day do you brush your teeth? If you answered at least two, then you get a gold star (and probably much healthier teeth). Choosing to brush twice daily, floss every day, and rinse with a germ-killing mouthwash is half the battle. Going to the dentist every six months is the other puzzle piece which will put together a picture of optimal oral health. Besides brushing, there are several other daily factors which contribute to your dental health. The Corona dentists at Dental Associates of Corona will share some ideas and facts to help boost your efforts and keep your smile as healthy as possible.
The Two F’s: Flossing and Fluoride
Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes in the morning and again in the evening will help exponentially in terms of halting plaque buildup on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-based biofilm that can harden and turn into tartar. This will translate into gum disease and tooth decay, so it needs to be cleaned off daily. You can’t expect to get all of that plaque on your own, however, which is where floss and dental cleanings come into play. Additionally, fluoridated toothpaste keeps your tooth enamel extra strong. Already the hardest substance in your body, tooth enamel can provide an impenetrable barrier between bacteria and your teeth. Unfortunately, when you don’t keep your teeth plaque and tartar free, enamel will become damaged.
Consider Your Diet
Acid is produced by the bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, following consumption of sugar-rich foods. Several foods and beverages are also especially acidic on their own: think lemonade, citrus fruits, and sour candy. The acid contained in these consumables can attack tooth enamel, softening and damaging the “bodyguard” of your tooth’s dentin, and leaving you susceptible to cavities. Acid neutralizing foods such as dairy products can protect teeth for a period of time by coating them with calcium.If you eat or drink something acidic, consider following it with a small piece of cheese or a few sips of milk. Then, allow 30 minutes before brushing your teeth so that your enamel has a chance to re-harden.
Dental Checkups from Corona Dentists
To schedule a consultation with your Corona dentists for any of your dental needs, contact our dentist office today by calling (951) 273-9580. We offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to ensure optimum oral health, and we welcome patients from Corona and surrounding communities.