Greetings Houston! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of the Antoine Dental Center. We generally like to use this blog to tell you about many of the different services we offer at our comfortable and modern office. We can restore your teeth with tooth-colored fillings, crowns, and dental implants.
But your oral health begins at home, and education is a vital tool for your oral health. So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we thought we’d change things up a bit by telling about several ways you can avoid having to visit our office for restorative work!
We want all our patients to have a healthy mouth, free of decay. You’ve probably been told since childhood about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes. You also need to floss at night; flossing helps not only to remove food that’s stuck between your teeth, it also cleans the area your toothbrush can’t reach.
In today’s post we’re going to look at various ways to avoid cavities. We’ll detail the importance of your dietary choices in avoiding cavities. Then we’ll look at the importance of drinking plenty of water. We also look at a couple of less obvious aspects like why it’s important to brush your tongue, and why it matters how you chew your food.
Most everyone knows that sugary foods can cause cavities. Candy, sweets, and cookies can all attract a lot of decay causing bacteria to your teeth. What you may not realize is that sugar is only one of several factors that causes decay.
Acidic foods play as large a role (if not larger) in the development of cavities as sugar. Take a drink like orange juice. Orange juice contains quite a bit of citric acid. This acid can erode away the enamel of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to bacteria and encouraging the development of decay. Soda is especially guilty of causing tooth decay; soda can remove rust from metal, so you can imagine what it does to your teeth!
Although it’s probably impossible to avoid all acidic drinks(fruit juice is delicious and otherwise healthy after all), you may want to consider drinking them through a straw. You should also try and put more water into your diet. Water is one of the absolute best ways to improve your overall oral health.
Drinking water not only limits your consumption of acidic beverages, it helps to restore the pH balance of your mouth. This helps to neutralize the acidic nature of certain foods, and washes away harmful sugar and bacteria. Drinking water also helps your body to generate more saliva, saliva in turn cleans bacteria out of your mouth.
When it comes to cleaning your mouth, you should also pay attention to your tongue. Tongues can accumulate harmful bacteria, undigested food, and sugar. Brushing your tongue helps ensure that these decay-causing materials are out of your mouth. We recommend brushing your tongue at least twice a day (at the same time you brush your teeth).
Brushing your tongue is also a great way to freshen your breathe. That same harmful bacteria, undigested food, and sugar which causes decay can also wreck your breathe. Brushing your tongue is a quick and easy way to avoid bad breath.
When it comes to eating, it’s also important to consider how you chew your food. Chewing vigorously accomplishes a couple of things. First, it helps ensure that you can properly digest all of your food, Second, it helps stimulate your mouth’s production of saliva. As mentioned, saliva is good for washing bacteria out of your mouth. You may even want to consider chewing sugar-free gum during the day.
But no matter how good your oral health routine may be, plaque and bacteria will still accumulate in your mouth. That’s why it’s important to make regular, routine visits to the dentist. The American Dental Association recommends having your teeth cleaned every six months, and then undergoing a dental exam.
At Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we would love to be the office you choose for your routine dental work. We’ll get your teeth incredibly clean, and use state-of-the-art technology to determine any signs of decay before you notice them! And if you need restorative or cosmetic dental work, we offer it all under one roof! Call us at 713-364-8890 to make an appointment.