3 secrets to keeping cavities away

Cavities are bad news. Overlooking oral hygiene may seem insignificant to you in your earlier years but it can be quite a costly endeavor if you neglect early and suffer later. There are steps you can take now to prevent costly and painful problems later in life, and the steps, believe it or not, are not time consuming or difficult!

Brush your teeth after you eat. This is a crucial step in oral maintenance that can prevent so many problems later if you simply take a few minutes out of your day to do this properly! Many people are under the impression that you only need to brush in the morning after you wake up, and at night before you go to bed. Not true! Brush after every time you eat. This prevents food from getting stuck in or in-between your teeth and causing infections, decay and more. A proper tooth brushing session should last at least two minutes, or one hundred and twenty seconds. Most adults don’t brush nearly that long, so if you are not accustomed to the length of time a proper tooth brushing requires, try using a stop watch, or a sing a song you know all the lyrics to in your head while brushing. By the time the song is over, you should have been brushing your teeth for the proper length of time. Equally as important is the use of proper tooth paste. Many dentists recommend Colgate Total, or something with an ingredient called Tricolsan which helps fight off bacteria.

Equally as important to brushing is flossing. People often roll their eyes at this, but food getting lodged between teeth is the root cause (root, get it?) of many oral problems such as gum disease, cavities, and more. Think of it like this, the purpose of your teeth is to grind down food in order to ingest it in a way that makes your stomach able to digest it. That is a messy job and food bits that get lodged between your teeth that are not cleaned out regularly would be comparable to not cleaning out your refrigerator when the food in it isn’t consumed and starts to go bad. Floss every time you eat, your mouth, and dental bills, will thank you for it.

Lastly, regular dental visits are a must. You might not feel any oral pain, you might think your teeth are perfectly fine and there is no need to bother with a dentist visit, but if you have ever owned a car you know that regular maintenance and preventative care are essential to keep it running properly without costing you a fortunate if something breaks that could have been preventable. A Gilbert dentist can catch and treat a cavity early on, as well as anticipate and fix so many other dental issues that may possibly come up that you might not have been aware of ahead of time, such as teeth shifting in your mouth, wisdom teeth coming in that need to be removed, and more.

In conclusion, treat your teeth and mouth with the same hygienic respect that you do the rest of your body, and you will actively help prevent cavities, gum disease and more from causing you both physical pain and the emotional pain of dealing with a hefty dental bill.

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