It is very important to keep your oral health a priority. It is just as important as your physical and mental health! Here are a few important tips to help you keep your teeth strong and healthy.
1. Visit Your Dentist
It is important to visit your dentist about every six months for a cleaning and exam. About 50% of adults in the United States don't see a dentist because of fear and anxiety! It is important to find a way around your fears, talk to your dentist, see what you can do. Dental exams can prevent decay, gum disease, trauma, and catch the early stages of cancer.
2. Cut Down Your Soda Intake
Fizz is delicious, but also part of the reason soda is so bad for your teeth. Phosphoric acid and citric acid eat away at the surface of your teeth. Although the occasional soda won't hurt, a can or more a day makes your tooth enamel soft and more prone to cavities. Switch to water instead, adding flavor with sliced citrus or crushed berries or mint leaves.
3. Brush Your Teeth and Floss
If you only brush your teeth and avoid flossing, you miss about 40% of your tooth surface! It is extremely important to floss your teeth at least once a day. Brushing and flossing your teeth remove plaque and excess foods from your mouth preventing cavities and gum disease. Remember to brush and floss softly! If you brush too hard you may irritate your gums.