Maybe you’ve had your fair share of fillings, or perhaps you’re just growing more aware of proper dental hygiene as you get older. Either way, preventative care is one of the most important factors in keeping your smile healthy. It may start at your bi-annual dental check up, but it certainly doesn’t end there. Here are 3 things you can do at home for preventing tooth decay.
3 Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay can be an uncomfortable business. While many dentists not offer great amenities and relaxing sedation options to keep you comfortable during restorations, it’s still much better to never have to go in for a root canal in the first place.
Tip #1: Drink Water
Keeping water on hand after meals is one of the best overall wellness tips we can give you. If you’re like most Americans, you already don’t drink nearly enough water. So, find a method that works for you – some bottles now even count how much you’ve had to drink that day. Not only will you feel hydrated, but your digestive system and teeth will thank you for it. The water rinses your teeth, preventing substances like acid and sugar from taking a toll on the enamel of your tooth.
Tip #2: Sugarless Gum
Although there are many “best tips for oral hygiene” speeches we could give, we know that convenience will always take precedence. So, instead of bringing your toothbrush to work (because really, who wants a toothbrush getting their purse gross and vice versa), bring some sugarless gum. It’s easy to carry around and pop a piece in your mouth. Plus, you won’t look like you’re hiding something while fast-walking to bathroom after your lunch break to brush your pearly whites. Just use sugarless gum, it’s quick and simple. Is brushing better? Sure it is. But we know that’s just asking a lot.
Tip #3: Time Yourself
Although two minutes doesn’t seem like a long time when it comes to your favorite TV show or your lunch break, time drags on during tooth brushing. You can easily use your iPhone (or oven timer if your cell phone is stuck in the stone age) to time yourself while you brush your teeth. Another popular remedy to this is to play your favorite song while you brush. Not only will it help you slow down, but it’ll make the time pass a little faster, too.
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