It’s time for another instalment of Antoine Dental Center’s ongoing oral health blog. This is where we take the time to keep Houston up to date about what’s going on in the world of modern dentistry. It is by no means a secret that tooth decay is the number one concern of everyone seeking professional dental treatment. Since childhood, you have no doubt brushed and flossed diligently in an effort to avoid cavities and stay in the good graces of your parents and dentist.
Of course, here at Antoine Dental Center, we want to help you keep your teeth healthy and looking great. A healthy set of teeth is so important to get the most out of life. Your teeth have a direct impact on your health by allowing you to chew healthy foods, but they also have a direct effect on how others see you, and how you see yourself. Anyone who is reluctant to smile because they are embarrassed about their teeth, runs the risk of coming of as unhappy or unfriendly because no one ever sees them smile.
With that, let’s take some time to look at five things you can do to protect your smile.
1. Avoid Sugar and Acid – Sugar has received most of the blame for tooth decay for decades, at least. And while there is no doubt that sugar is a large contributor to tooth decay, it gets an awful lot of help from acid.
Food acids, like the phosphoric acid and citric acid commonly used to flavor sodas, is caustic to your teeth. It will soften and eat away your enamel, making it easier for the bacteria that cause tooth decay to damage your teeth. Sugar, of course, feeds the bacteria that causes tooth decay. So, when you put sugar and acid together, like in orange juice, you have something really bad for your teeth.
While it’s great the limit your intake of sugar, it you’re not cutting out the acid, too, then your teeth are still at risk.
2. Drink Lots of Water – Since even drinks that are otherwise healthy, like fruit juice, are hard on your teeth and promote tooth decay, water is really the only thing safe to drink regularly. In fact, drinking lots of water is one of the healthiest things you can do to protect your oral health, as well as your total health.
Drinking water, especially during and after meals, will wash sugar and food particles off of your teeth. It will also restore the pH in your mouth by neutralizing the food acids that are so dangerous to your teeth and gums.
Obviously, staying fully hydrated is essential for your overall health, but it even has a direct benefit your oral health by allowing your body to manufacture plenty of saliva. With the help of your tongue, saliva is very effective at keeping your mouth free of pesky food particles and problematic plaque.
3. Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue – Speaking of the strongest muscle in your body, the tongue is also an important factor in your oral health. As we mentioned above, the tongue is very good at getting harmful bacteria, food particles, and sugar off of your teeth, but now all that junk is stuck to your tongue. This is why it is imperative that you brush your tongue twice a day along with your teeth.
Aside from preventing tooth decay, it is important to get those pieces of food and bacteria off of your tongue because that is often the cause of bad breath. So, make sure to give plenty of healthy attention to your tongue, or you could be damaging more than your teeth.
4. Chew Vigorously – It probably a no-brainer to tell you you need to chew your food, but it bears reminder because chewing vigorously, whether it is healthy fruit or some sugarless gum, stimulates salivation. As we mentioned above, saliva is very good at keeping your mouth clean, but it also has antibacterial properties. This makes it a valuable weapon in the fight against tooth decay.
5. Regular Visits to Antoine Dental Center
Don’t forget to make regular stops by our office in Houston. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing, or how well you watch what you eat, you will still need the help of a dental expert, and Antoine Dental Center is here to help. We can keep those teeth clean by using our state of the art equipment to get to places you can’t, plus our modern imaging technology will allow us to detect the even slightest problem in the early stages.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.