Maybe you have always had great teeth and a healthy smile, but you want to do whatever you can to keep it that way. Since our teeth gradually weaken and wear down over time, here are a few simple ways to protect your teeth and keep them lasting as long as possible:
Pay Close Attention to Clenching Habits
Do you tend to clench your teeth and jaws tightly when stressed? Does driving through rush hour leave your jaws sore once you get home? If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, it could be that you tend to clench and grind your teeth when you sleep. Chronic grinding will cause accelerated tooth wear as well as broken fillings and crowns. To protect your teeth, wear a bite splint!
Use Fluoride Rinse Daily
Adding a fluoride rinse to your daily oral hygiene routine will help restore tooth enamel that has been demineralized throughout the day. For best results use it at night before going to bed, after you brush and floss. Be sure not to rinse afterward.
Wear a Mouthguard During Sporting Activities
Athletic activities (recreational or otherwise) are some of the most common times to experience dental emergencies and concussions. Simply adding a custom fitted mouthguard to your game is an effective way to insure your smile and your safety.
Of course, visiting your dentist on a regular basis is one of the best ways to avoid long-term problems and tooth decay. We recommend patients with healthy teeth visit us at least every 6 months for a preventive cleaning and exam.
Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
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