Everyday Habits That Can Prevent Tooth Loss
There are a host of bad daily habits that people use, not realizing the long-term negative effect on their teeth, possibly leading to complete tooth loss after age 65.
Review this Check List of Good Daily Habits to Prevent Tooth Loss
Every day, we plan our activities for the day and give little thought to how some of these activities will affect our teeth. Check this list and make a new plan for your teeth today!
- The first matter of the day is to make sure you have given your teeth the minimum time of a 3 minute brushing with a soft toothbrush that is clean and in good shape. Bent or flat bristles will harm your gums and not give your teeth a proper brushing.
- After brushing, chose wisely what foods and beverages you are going to consume throughout the day. Choosing sugary foods or acidic drinks, such as alcohol or sport drinks can cause acid to eat away the enamel that protects your teeth from cavities and plaque buildup. Minimize intake of beverages that can stain your teeth, like coffee, black tea and red wine.
- During your daily routine, be mindful not to use your teeth to open bags, caps or rip plastic tags from items. Your teeth are meant to chew and not meant to be used as a handy tool. If you use your teeth this way, please stop immediately. These habits will loosen your teeth and slowly lead to tooth loss.
- Smoking and chewing tobacco are very harmful to your teeth and your overall health. Smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to mouth cancer and heart disease. There are many products and systems to help you stop smoking. Trying to stop would be most beneficial for your entire health system.
- Be aware of dry mouth caused by many prescription drugs. If you experience dry mouth as a result of medications that you must take for your health, make sure to ask your dentist how he / she can help alleviate this problem.
- During your daily planning, whether you’re going to the gym, to work, or just to socialize for the day, bring along your dental floss. You may not have the opportunity to brush during the day, but it’s a good habit to floss after each meal.
Thinking of Your Teeth in Your Daily Plan
Now that you have a checklist of good habits to use for your daily plan, please add to your list a call to Ocean County dentist, Dr. Ron Rotem for your quarterly, semi-annual or annual visit.
Put oral health care at the top of your daily planning list and if you have any existing problems, call Dr. Ron Rotem today for the top in New Jersey dental care.
Dr. Rotem’s daily plan for you is to have a big, beautiful smile every day!