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7 Best Dental Care Practices to Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy

May 13, 2020

All over the country, Coronavirus is closing dentist offices as everyone does their part to flatten the curve. Shortages in PPE and the inherent risks of oral exams led many dentists to close their practices.

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So, how can you make sure your dental health doesn’t suffer while social distancing? 

Good dental hygiene is tied to a lot of health benefits like a stronger immune system. Keep reading for our top tips for the best dental care.

1. Brush Twice a Day

The American Dental Association encourages everyone to brush their teeth twice in 24 hours. You may think skipping your evening brush is no big deal, but it can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.

Our mouths are full of nasty bacteria, and regular brushing helps us get rid of that bacteria before it can cause cavities or infections. Going too long between brushes leaves your teeth more susceptible to these nasty bacteria.

2. Use a Soft Bristled Brush

Harder bristles can erode your tooth’s enamel which causes them to yellow and can make them more susceptible to decay.

Hard bristles can also irritate gums and cause them to recede.

Select a toothbrush with soft bristles that feels comfortable in your mouth. You should be able to easily reach all of your teeth, even the ones in the back. 

3. Use a Toothpaste with Fluoride

Fluoride is an essential toothpaste component, and it prevents tooth decay. Toothpaste with fluoride is the best defense against bacteria that causes tooth decay.

It directly fights the bacteria known to cause tooth decay and it provides a protective layer around your teeth to prevent future bacteria from sticking to it.

4. Floss Daily

Flossing regularly helps remove sticky plaque buildup before it has the chance to harden onto your teeth. After 48 hours, plaque hardens, making it more difficult to remove without a professional cleaning. 

Daily flossing helps remove all that gross plaque on your teeth before it causes a cavity.

5. Drink More Water

Drinking more water is great for your overall health and especially your dental health. Drinking water between brushes can help wash away excess sugar or acidity that can stick to your teeth and damage them.

Plus, dry mouth can accelerate tooth decay. Drinking water regularly keeps your mouth properly moist and keeps tooth decay at bay.

6. Cut Down on Sugar and Acidic Foods

Sugar and acidic food wreak havoc on your pearly whites. One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay is by limiting your intake of sugar and acidic foods. Plaque uses sugars to help produce more acid which damages your teeth.

If you want something sugary or acidic, try to find time to brush your teeth immediately after.

7. Protect Your Teeth

40 million Americans grind their teeth at night. If you’re one of them, you need to protect your teeth with a mouthguard.

Grinding your teeth exerts over 200 lbs of pressure per square inch! This pressure does massive damage to your teeth. Avoid future dental problems with a nightguard.

The Best Dental Care Starts at Home

Your dental health is an important part of your overall physical health. It’s important to see your dentist twice a year, but the best dental care starts with your daily habits.

Your dentist can fix tooth decay, but only you can prevent it. Make sure to incorporate these steps into your regular dental care. 

Contact us today for dental insurance to cover regular dental check-ups and emergencies.