Do you enjoy going to the dentist? We didn’t think so. Nevertheless, there are steps you can take to make the trips less painful and help prevent cavities. Some simple precautions, along with regular oral care, will leave you with a healthier, brighter smile. You and your dentist will both be much happier with your next visit!
Brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Brushing reduces plaque buildup and removes cavity-causing foods from your teeth. With 3 brushing modes – clean, soft and massage, our brand new Poseidon Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush does a great job of cleaning your mouth.
Flossing removes plaque that forms between teeth. As an alternative to flossing, our Poseidon Inductive Oral Irrigator cleans below the gum line, under bridgework and around braces. It’s gentle and will not cut sensitive gum tissue.
Try oil pulling
Take a teaspoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. It will cut through plaque on all areas of your teeth. As a word of caution: when you’re finished, dispose of the oil into the trash can, not the sink, as it can cause clogging.
Rinse after meals and snacks
If you aren’t able to immediately brush your teeth after a meal or a sugary treat, drink some water. Rinsing with water or a mouthwash will prevent sugars from lingering on your teeth and eating through your enamel.
Avoid sugary foods
Sugary and sticky foods are among the leading causes of cavities. Choose fruit and other healthy foods as often as possible. When you do enjoy a sweet treat, avoid the stickier choices like caramel and taffy, which are harder to remove from teeth.
Chew gum with xylitol
If you’re going to chew gum, you might as well clean your teeth while you’re at it! Sugarless gum containing xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, is a very effective cavity fighter and neutralizes the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Sip carbonated beverages through a straw
Sugary and acidic sodas are simply bad for your teeth. However, sipping soda through a straw can help reduce damage to teeth, especially if the straw does not contact your teeth.
Eat a healthy diet
The same way a healthy diet boosts your overall health, it can also protect your teeth. For cleaner teeth, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and drink unsweetened tea and coffee.
Have an apple for dessert
An apple a day is more likely to keep the dentist away! End your meals with a crunchy food, such as apples and carrots, as they can help clear food residue from teeth.
Visit your dentist regularly
Regular trips to the dentist will help you avoid preventable dental issues. Your dentist will also make further recommendations to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.