Dental News Food and Water for Thought
Certain drinks and foods that cling to your teeth are the most likely to promote tooth decay and ultimately form a cavity. All sugars along with most cooked starchy foods are major plaque promoters, including milk, honey, raisins, hard candy, dry cereal and bread. Also if you are frequent snack the risk factor increases. Remember that if you snack frequently, no matter what type of food, the acid in the food has more time to damage your teeth. So frequent brushing after snacking can and will help prevent tooth decay. You may want to increase your brushing time whenever possible to help remove the plaque.
A questionable concern is with drinking bottled water. With many people concerned about the quality of their tap water, many have turned to drinking only bottled water. With local water supplies fluorides have been added to the water system for many years and this is an important ingredient to healthy teeth. If you drink bottled water instead please check the label to insure that fluoride has been added to your brand. Fluoride is very important to promote plaque buildup on teeth and to protect tooth enamel. Most water that is bottled and filtered will have a fluoride amount added, but not all will do this. This is especially important to children and dentists will agree to the fact that proper tooth development requires a certain amount of fluoride in everyday drinking water. Although there are many more reasons that cavities can form these are just a couple easy prevention tips that you may have not realized that are very important to good dental health.
Remember these facts for the prevention of cavities.
Brush regularly at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes. Or, for improved care, brush after every meal and snack. At the least if brushing is not always possible rinse your mouth well with water to help in plaque buildup.
Use mouthwash which is great for added protection against tooth decay.
Make dental visits part of your routine because professional tooth cleanings and regular oral exams should be scheduled at least every six months.
Drink some tap water because cities have added fluoride to their public water supply, making it a worthy treatment for preventing tooth decay. Tap water will help re-mineralize your teeth.
Great dental care starts at home and with some small efforts and regular trips to a dentist your teeth will be healthy and strong for years to come. If you are looking for a dentist in Greensburg give our office a call. We can assist you in your effort to success with quality dental care.