At Pryor Family Dental, we care about our patients and the health of their teeth. We know the many factors that can lead to tooth decay and, ultimately, the need for dental implants. While we specialize in repairing damaged smiles with dental implants, we’d like our patients to know how to avoid problematic teeth.
From a thorough oral hygiene routine to avoiding harmful foods and habits, there’s a number of ways you can keep your teeth clean and your mouth healthy. Lack of proper care poses a threat to both your teeth and gums, increasing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Let Pryor Family Dental fill you in on maintaining a perfect smile.
The first step in maintaining a beautiful smile is keeping your teeth clean. While brushing your teeth removes plaque, debris, and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth, toothbrushes can’t reach every area of your mouth. As you’ve probably heard many times before, flossing is just as important as brushing. Flossing removes harmful substances from between your teeth that a toothbrush won’t.
Of course, we know flossing can be a difficult and even painful task, which is why so many patients skip flossing. However, water flossers are a great alternative to regular dental floss and are proven to be more effective. Brushing and flossing should be done at least twice a day. We even recommend doing so between meals or after exposure to the potentially harmful foods discussed below.
Foods and Habits to Avoid
In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth, it’s important to refrain from eating a number of foods as well as avoiding some habits that can damage teeth. Take a look at the list below to see what you should avoid:
- Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits and juices, such as lemons and oranges, are highly acidic and pose a serious threat to your tooth’s enamel.
- Sticky Candy: Sticky and chewy candy like caramel and taffy remain on our teeth for longer, allowing the bacteria in our mouths to feed on the sugar and produce harmful acids that wear down tooth enamel.
- Biting Non-edibles: Aside from the damage presented by the foods above, you can harm your teeth from chewing on hard objects like pens. Biting these objects puts pressure on your teeth and can cause them to crack or chip.
Though avoiding these harmful foods and habits, as well as brushing and flossing daily, will protect your teeth from decay and other damage, we recommend patients visit the dentist at least twice a year. Dr. Pryor and her friendly staff will give you a thorough cleaning and check for any signs of tooth decay. In severe cases, we can replace heavily damaged teeth with the best dental implants around. Contact us today to schedule and appointment and maintain your perfect smile.