Preventing Tooth Decay Beyond Brushing & Flossing [BLOG]
Of course, we all know how important it is to brush and floss your teeth everyday. Without that important daily practice, preventing tooth decay would be a lost cause.
But you need to do more than that to keep your mouth cavity-free and healthy!
First, you need our skilled dentists at Overmeyer Family Dental to provide you with effective, quality preventive care. When you visit our Orlando, FL practice, we can talk to you about your diet and offer advice through nutritional counseling, for example.
And we can also give your teeth a layer of protection against tooth decay and cavities with dental sealants and fluoride treatments.
Today’s blog is another bonus because we’re giving you a few more ways you can prevent tooth decay at home beyond brushing and flossing each day.
Chow down on healthy, crunchy foods if you want to protect your teeth from decay and cavities.
Foods like celery, apples, and almonds are all great examples of the nutrient-rich staples of a healthy diet. The crunch of every bite encourages saliva production, which provides a protective coating for your teeth and gums and rinses away food particles from your meals.
Apples and celery, particularly, are two of those foods that sort of scrub your teeth clean as you chew them.
So chow down to prevent tooth decay!
*Spit It Out!
Think that fruit juice you’re drinking is healthy?
Not for your teeth, anyway.
So spit it out! And while you’re at it, spit out the soda and the sports drinks, too. That’s because despite how they’re advertised, these types of beverages are loaded with sugar and are often highly-acidic, too.
As you know, sugar is the leading cause of tooth decay, and acid only eats away at your enamel. So every sip of these drinks is exposure to sugar and acids your teeth and gums don’t need. It’s simply coating your mouth with the favorite food source of harmful bacteria and creating tiny holes in your enamel for it to creep into after it’s feasted.
If you spit out that fruit juice, soda, or sports drink, what in the world is left?!
Your teeth and gums need it just as much as your body does for optimum health. That’s because water keeps your mouth hydrated, your saliva moving, and your tooth enamel and gums more effectively coated with your body’s natural bacteria-fighting defenses.
Being well-hydrated encourages saliva flow so you’re able to wash away food particles and shield your teeth from acid erosion and dark pigments in your food and drinks for a healthier, prettier smile.
Schedule An Appointment
Now that we’ve given you three practical tips for preventing tooth decay that go beyond daily brushing and flossing, you should know that’s more where that came from.
That’s because routine appointments with our Orlando, FL dentists is your source for preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride varnishes that go the extra mile to protect your teeth from decay and cavities.