Did you know, an estimated 100 million Americans do not go to the dentist on a yearly basis? To add a little more focus to that statistic, almost a quarter of all adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have severe periodontal disease. Oral health is an often-overlooked part of a person’s general well-being. Here are few things you can do to keep your pearly whites as strong as possible.
Here’s one that may seem obvious: visit your dentist. If you haven’t been in a while, make an appointment to talk to a professional and find out whether or not you need any treatment. This will get your newfound dental routines off on the right foot.
While you’re at the dentist’s office, ask him or her if you might benefit from dental seals for tooth decay. This material will help to fill in existing gaps in your teeth and aid in the prevention of further damage.
If you are the kind of person who snacks frequently, avoid sugary, carbonated foods and beverages. The constant munching can be very damaging to your tooth enamel. When you do snack, rinse your mouth out with water to help remove food particles and bacteria.
One more “obvious” one: brush and floss twice per day! Use toothpaste with fluoride as you brush in the morning and before bed. Flossing will help to remove food caught between your teeth that can be harmful if left alone. Try to make habits of both of these activities to keep the sparkle in your smile.
As always, talk to a professional dentist before starting any new oral routine to ensure it’s the best, safest option for you. For more information on oral health, check out the articles on the American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control websites.