My dental history has been a crazy one over the past 80 years. I’ve had fillings, crowns, tooth decay, and now I’m left with this wonderful set of dentures. I thought I was doing a good job, but obviously not. Dental hygiene was not enforced as well as it is these days when I was young and we also didn’t have fluoride running through our potable water systems to help prevent tooth decay. I come here today not to tell a story of how I recovered from my terrible dental past, but how you can help yourself by maintaining a healthy dental hygiene routine.
Establish a Proper Dental Hygiene Routine
The first step to having a healthy smile is to visit a family dentistry every six months for a check-up. Make sure that it has many cosmetic dentists on board, which isn’t a problem if you live in Richmond, VA. There are so many great family dentistries around. This is where I may have messed up. In my case, I would miss many appointments which would mean I was missing out on my cleanings that would clear out harmful tartar, plaque, and bacteria. This brings me to my next point, cleaning your mouth out. It’s important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal. This clears away all of that harmful bacteria and plaque that I was talking about. It is also suggested to use a mouthwash, like Listerine, to further aid in the cleaning process. When brushing, make sure you angle the toothed brush at a 45-degree angle and do soft and small strokes. This will clean while not inducing gum recession or irritation. For bad breath make sure to brush your tongue as well. Some toothbrushes come with a tongue scrubber on the other side.
Any Dental Pain?
If you have any sensitivity to extreme temperatures of if you are experiencing pain then make sure to re-visit your dentist. It could be a number of things that could be wrong. These could include:
- Tooth Fracture
- Tooth Decay
- Abscessed Tooth
- Infected Gums
- Lost Fillings
- Grinding Teeth Through the Day or Night
- Nerve Damage
- Gum Recession
One of the most important things that can help you prevent many of these problems is to not expose your teeth to the things that are damaging them. By reducing your sugar and acidity intake, you can make a world of difference. The high acidic foods eat away at your enamel, making it easier to damage the tooth. The high sugar foods allow for bacteria growth, which can also form cavities that can aid to tooth decay. If you do ingest these foods, then make sure to brush right after so you can wipe them out of existence.
I hope my little dental chat has helped you out and brings you build a stronger smile. Brush on!