December 9, 2018
Want to make 2019 a great year for your teeth and gums? One way to start is by following these tips from a dentist in Vienna. Each of them can help to prevent cavities and safeguard your gums.
Remember the 2×2 Rule
Brush for a full two minutes, making sure to cover all sides of your teeth, and do so at least two times per day. Following this “2×2” rule” will allow you to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to brushing.
Make Friends with Mouthwash
Brushing and flossing are a great “main attraction “when it comes to your teeth and gum. But what can you do for an encore? Try mouthwash or dental rinse. Look for a brand with the ADA seal of acceptance on the packaging. It’s a great way to seal in the benefits of your self-care efforts.
Stay Away from Simple Starches
You’ve heard it all your life: sugar can cause cavities. It’s true. But simple starches like pretzels and potato chips pose similar risks to your teeth. Limiting consumption of both the sweet and salty treats is a solid game plan for tooth care success. Enjoy complex carbs like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as a delicious substitute.
Trade in that Toothbrush
Toothbrushes are like cars; they wear out quicker than we would like. If yours has passed its prime, then say goodbye to your frayed friend and welcome a new brush into your cavity-fighting arsenal. Upgrading every 60 days or so is a good rule of thumb.
Floss for Added Effect
How many of us overlook this simple yet effective step? Flossing removes plaque and food particles that brushing by itself can easily miss. Do you find flossing uncomfortable? Try a thinner brand of string or a waxed version. You can also ask your cosmetic dentist in Vienna to recommend a product.
Fuel Your Body for Success
You get out of what life what you put into it. That includes what you find on your dinner fork. This means fueling up with plenty of protein, calcium, and fiber, each of which has what you need to keep your teeth and body strong.
See Your Dentist More Often
To most of us, our dentist is like a fire extinguisher. We’re glad it’s there. But we only use it in emergencies. That’s a shame, because regular dental care is essential for healthy teeth and gums. All of us should see the dentist every six months for a routine oral checkup and cleaning. That’s the only way to fully remove built-up plaque and tartar that otherwise can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Beware of the Big Three
Tobacco, illicit drugs, and excessive alcohol consumption are bad for your teeth, not to mention the rest of you. Each of these substances erodes protective enamel and robs your body of important nutrients. Stay away from them.
A new year brings with it new opportunities for taking advantage of life’s blessings. But that in turn means taking care of yourself, including your teeth and gums. Let the tips in this post be your guide as you build the foundation for a great 2019.
About the Author
Dr. Hisham Barakat has been practicing dentistry for more than 10 years. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. You can reach his office online or by calling (703) 651-2315.
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