A Word From Dental Assistant C.J.: Want to Keep Your Teeth Strong and Healthy?
Your teeth may be strong but they can’t compete with abuse or neglect. Here are several suggestions on things you should avoid – to keep you from heading straight to our Columbia MD dentist office well before you are due for your checkup!
Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating. You can brush away tooth enamel that has become soft after your meal. It is better to wait 30-60 minutes before you brush.
Don’t use your teeth as a tool. You can crack, chip or break a tooth by popping off bottle caps or even ripping open a bag of chips.
Don’t skip your checkups! Check in with your dentist every six months. Allowing more time between visits will give plaque a chance to form tartar and the plaque will then go deeper into your gums.
Don’t overindulge in a lot of sugary sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices. Also watch your coffee, tea and red wine intake. Drink water and when possible … use a straw to avoid tooth staining.
Don’t smoke! Smoking is bad for your teeth and gums. And the nicotine stains can make teeth more susceptible to bacteria. Smoking can also lead to periodontal and bone disease.
Don’t pierce your tongue. You can chip or crack your front teeth. Just by talking you are moving your tongue around with the metal piercing constantly hitting in to your teeth.
If you are experiencing any dental issues, don’t hesitate to contact us at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia so we can take a look. Otherwise, I’ll see you at your next checkup!