Dental Tips for Teenagers and Adults
Just like the rest of our body, our teeth also age. They need tender care all our life. The following dental tips will help you to maintain good oral health so you can enjoy the biggest pleasure of life - delicious food!
- You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.
- If the bristles of your brush become worn or frayed, replace it immediately. We recommend you use a new tooth brush every three to four months.
- If you experience pain or sore muscles in the jaw joint area (in front of your ears) or even headaches, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep. Speak to one of our dentists about being fitted for a night guard, which will protect your teeth and the joint area and save further damage.
- Gums should not bleed upon brushing or eating. This is an indication of periodontal disease. If you do experience bleeding, contact us immediately and we will do a thorough exam to evaluate the extent of gum disease and prescribe a suitable regimen.
- Oral irrigators are used as an aid for people with braces or fixed partial dentures; they cannot or should not be replaced from regular brushing or flossing. Similarly, mouthwash is also an additional aid to your home care, it cannot replace teeth brushing and flossing daily.
- Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoride mouth rinses promote decay prevention and strengthen the teeth at all ages.
- Consume plenty of calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones.
- Avoid sticky sweets, such as toffees and soft candies. Such foods stick to your teeth and cause decay; they are more likely to remain stuck between your teeth.
- Be aware of coffee, tea, red wine and other beverages can stain your teeth. Have them in moderation.
- Don’t chew on ice, popcorn kernels, lollipops, nuts or other hard foods. Doing so can crack or otherwise damage your teeth or restorations.
- Eat only sugar-free chewing gums.
- Never open bottle caps with your teeth, not only its dangerous, it can also break or crack your precious teeth.
- If you can’t brush your teeth after eating, make sure you at least rinse your mouth with water.
- If you wear removable appliances, clean them after eating and rinse before replacing them in your mouth.