Thursday, June 27, 2013
When it comes to caring for your teeth, nothing is more important than brushing and flossing. These two activities together and done regularly can prevent 90 % of all tooth decay of the course of a lifetime. However, as great as these two activities are, many people will still experience some tooth decay from time to time. As is the case with most dental problems there are things that could have been done to prevent these problems from ever occurring. This article will discuss additional things that you can do to keep your teeth looking their best as well as why regular visits to your Saginaw dentist are critical to keeping a healthy smile.
Going Above and Beyond If you are brushing and flossing twice a day, you are doing the bare minimum that can be done to keep teeth healthy. One of most overlooked but very helpful things you can do to enhance these efforts is to follow up by gargling with a fluoridated mouth wash. The reason that fluoride works so well to prevent decay is that it reacts with the saliva in your mouth to preserve and even restore the enamel surface of your teeth that keeps them strong. Although toothpaste has fluoride in it, you will generally rinse it all away when you finish brushing. Because fluoride must remain in your mouth to be effective at restoring enamel, it doesn’t really benefit you in the same way that a mouth rinse can.
Get to the Dentist Many people don’t have good memories of going to the dentist because it really isn’t one of the most comfortable places to go. That being said, visiting a Saginaw dentist is important because despite your best efforts, problems will arise eventually. Your dentist is trained to spot decay and other problems long before they require extensive work to repair, which is good because the long you let problems go the more expensive they can be to treat. Additionally, when you go in for a bi-annual cleaning the dental hygienist will remove hardened plaque from the surface of your teeth that simply cannot be removed without the use of a metal implement such as a dental pick. The hygienist may also be able to point out areas of your mouth that you should focus on more in you hygiene routine so that you can do a better job a home.
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