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
Brushing and flossing helps remove debris from the teeth, but daily contact with plaque bacteria also weakens tooth enamel, damaging the teeth and gradually wearing on them over time. While it’s true that toothpaste does contain small amounts of fluoride, it may be necessary to use a supplemental fluoride each day to help remineralize tooth enamel that is susceptible to forming cavities.
One of the benefits about choosing a fluoride rinse is that it can access all surface areas of teeth throughout the mouth. Areas between the teeth or that have deep areas inaccessible by a toothbrush can easily soak up fluoride when a rinse is used. The use of an over the counter fluoride rinse each day can keep enamel strong, deter decay from forming, and reduce the need for dental fillings and other restorative dental work.
A fluoride rinse should be used after thorough brushing and flossing, so that the liquid has direct contact with clean tooth enamel. Most dentists recommend using the fluoride in the evenings before bedtime, as the saliva glands slow down production when a person sleeps. After rinsing with the fluoride for 30+ seconds, spit the rinse into the sink but do not rinse the remainder of the fluoride rinse out of your mouth. This allows a very small amount to remain on the surface of the tooth enamel. If the rinse is used in the morning, then a person should wait at least 30 minutes or more before eating or drinking after applying fluoride.
Implementing a fluoride rinse into your daily oral hygiene routine can help stop new cavities from forming between your dental visits. It is not however, a substitute for regular brushing or flossing!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
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