Many patients know that they should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each and floss once a day. Some patients even know that they need to visit their dentist every six months for the best oral health. But, here are five facts you may not know.
You should avoid sugar and sugar-free soda because of the high concentration of acidity.
Actually, sugar is not the only item in soda that can cause a cavity. Carbonated drinks such as sodas, waters, and juices can still hurt your teeth, even if they do not have sugar in them. Sugar and carbonation are both acidic. These items slowly eat away the outer part of your teeth which can cause a cavity and/or make them look yellow. If you want to drink a sugary or carbonated drink, also drink water with it to wash away some of the acidity.
Even Adults Need Fluoride
Some patients do not see the need for fluoride, especially if their insurance does not cover it. However, it is important for everyone to receive enough fluoride, especially adults. As we age, the enamel covering our teeth begins to weaken. Enamel can also thin because of oral health, eating, and drinking habits. Fluoride helps to strengthen the outer layer of the tooth so that cavities and infections do not form. You can get fluoride from drinking water, toothpaste, and at Cedar Bluff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Simpsonville, South Carolina during your visit every six months. If your teeth have not been coated in fluoride for a while, ask Cedar Bluff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to do so at your next visit.
Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 To 4 Months
Yes! This is important to limit bad bacteria in your mouth and keep a good oral health routine. Three to four months is the average amount of time it takes for toothbrush bristles to wear down. Another time you should replace your toothbrush is after you are sick. Germs from your illness can stay on your toothbrush causing you to be reinfected.
Always Choose A Soft Bristle Brush
Many patients use the brush with the type of bristles they are most comfortable with, but Dr. Bayer and other dental professionals recommend that patients should use a soft brush. When using a hard or medium bristled brush, you could damage your gums and teeth by brushing too hard.
Too Much Alcohol Can Cause Cavities
Along with cavities, more than the recommended amount of alcohol can cause stained teeth and dry mouth. Just like sugar and carbonated drinks, the acids inside of alcohol erode your teeth, which increases your risk for tooth decay. If you do drink alcohol, use a straw and sip water while drinking to limit the amount of acid on your teeth.
Your oral health is important to us at Cedar Bluff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Simpsonville, South Carolina. With these tips, we hope you will make better oral health decisions to help you achieve your dream smile. As always, if you have any questions or if you would like to plan your next visit at Cedar Bluff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Simpsonville, South Carolina, please call us at (864)-962-6787, today!