Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Learn about oral hygiene from your Prescott dentist.
Are you doing everything you can to protect your teeth? Our Prescott, AZ, dentist, Dr. Lance Bailey of Pineview Family Dental, shares a few tips that will help you improve your oral hygiene routine.
Be a dedicated brusher and flosser
Are you ever tempted to collapse on your bed at the end of a long day without brushing your teeth? Skipping your nightly brushing session might seem like a minor issue, but you could develop a cavity as a result. Plaque, the colorless, sticky film that constantly forms on your teeth, contains bacteria. The longer it remains on your teeth, the more likely you may develop tooth decay. Brushing morning and night and flossing once a day is a simple way to reduce your cavity risk.
Don’t forget about your tongue
Plaque and bacteria can also thrive on the surface of your tongue. After you brush your teeth, give your tongue a quick, but gently, brushing too. If you don’t remove plaque and bacteria, they’ll soon find their way on to your freshly cleaned teeth.
Take advantage of fluoride’s enamel-building properties
Fluoride, an ingredient in most toothpastes and mouthwashes, can actually repair and rebuild weakened tooth enamel and help you avoid painful tooth decay. Every brand of toothpaste that features the American Dental Association (ADA) seal contains fluoride. If you don’t see the seal when you shop at a Prescott store, there’s no fluoride in the product.
Although the ADA doesn’t monitor mouthwash, many brands of mouthwash also contain fluoride. Want to get the most benefit out of using mouthwash? Look for a product that contains fluoride and also kills bacteria.
Stay away from sugar
Brushing and flossing isn’t the only way to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Avoiding or limiting sugar can help you keep tooth decay away. Sugar isn’t just found in candy and sugary treats like cake and doughnuts. Carbohydrates in foods are also broken down into sugars. Foods that contain carbohydrates include bread, potato chips, pasta and pizza. Snacking on fresh vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to protect your teeth.