91601 area dentist discusses how to prevent cavities
We are surrounded by beautiful smiles in our society, faced with images as we watch television or movies, or even as we look through magazines. It is easy to think that the most important asset is a beautiful smile and, in many senses, an attractive smile is indeed beneficial to social and professional success. At the core of beauty, however, is good oral health. Teeth that are damaged or weakened by cavities may not look or function as well as healthy teeth. If not treated, such mild problems can become quite serious, even threatening the stability of a tooth or teeth.
At A-Dental in North Hollywood, we help patients of all ages handle problems like cavities with natural looking, durable restorations. We also discuss the importance of preventive care, empowering our patients to take control of their oral health and decrease their risk of cavities by following a few simple tips.
- Oral hygiene is a daily task that should not be rushed. Not only should we brush twice a day, but we should spend at least two to three minutes cleaning teeth and the areas around the gums before flossing. In addition to brushing all tooth surfaces, it is also important to brush or scrape the back of the tongue to remove bacteria from a common hiding spot.
- The type of toothpaste used is as important as brushing itself. In some cases, the use of abrasive toothpastes can damage dental restorations. Our dental team can provide information on suitable toothpaste for your dental needs.
- Patients with dexterity problems may find tooth-brushing more efficient with an electric or sonic toothbrush.
- Flossing should be performed on a daily basis.
- If brushing cannot be completed after meals, chewing gum containing xylitol increases saliva and dilutes sugar residue in the mouth.
- Oral health is easier maintained with healthy food choices like lean proteins, high-calcium foods. Crunchy fruits and vegetables provide natural cleansing.
- Hydration is key to oral health as well as general health. Drinking plenty of water keeps the mouth moist and decreases the amount of oral bacteria present.
- Foods that are high in sugar or are acidic should be avoided. Sugar feeds bacteria, and acid weakens enamel. Acidic foods include various types of salad dressing, soda, and energy or sport drinks, to name a few.
Combining home care with regular visits with your 91601 area dentist can help you enjoy a happy, healthy smile year after year. Contact A-Dental Center to schedule your visit.