Tooth enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body, but it is non-renewable so it is critical to not neglect or abuse our teeth. Daily teeth and gum care is the best way to protect tooth enamel, along with twice-a-year checkups at Gastonia Dental Group.
Even though every drug store carries hard bristle brushes, we advise our patients to brush with a soft brush after every meal to gently clean away food particles. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.
Flossing regularly is also essential to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.
Gastonia Dental Group recommends a checkup and comprehensive cleaning every six months. Our savvy hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken tooth structures. Regular checkups prevent problems and save you money on expensive restorations down the road.
Teeth grinding is also a common dental threat. Be careful not to grind teeth, this can not only wear away enamel but also pave ways for cavities to get in. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, make an appointment to be fitted for a nightguard. Your enamel will thank you.
Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acids and/or sugar. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of tooth decay for non-water drinkers in the Gastonia.
We hope you find these Gastonia Dental Group tips helpful. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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