Showing off your great smile isn’t just nice for dates, it actually offers some mental and physical health benefits. That makes protecting that smile at least a minor priority for a happier, healthier life. Unfortunately, modern life doesn’t do much to help you out on that front.
In fact, it seems almost designed to give you cavities. Consider all the carbs we eat on a regular basis, to say nothing of sugar-laden candy and drinks. That means that preventing cavities is a task to which you must devote at least some effort.
If you’re worried about your tooth health, keep reading for five tips for preventing cavities.
- Brush Regularly
One of the simplest tools in the cavity prevention toolbox is a regular routine with your toothbrush. Most people hit the morning brushing without too much trouble. If you’re irregular about that evening brushing, though, look for ways to make it a regular habit.
If necessary, do it earlier in the evening and just avoid late-night snacks.
- Trim Some Sugar Out of Your Diet
Do you like getting one of those fancy coffees on the way to work every day? It’s probably not doing your teeth any favors. Most of those drinks come with a lot of sugar. Eating a lot of bread and pasta isn’t helping you out much either.
Carbs basically are sugars for all intents and purposes. While you shouldn’t give up everything you love, look for ways you can trim out a little sugar each day.
- Get Your Teeth Straightened
Many people view getting their teeth straightened as adults as a pure exercise in vanity, but it’s not. One of the many health benefits of straight teeth is that it helps you avoid cavities. Avoiding cavities helps you avoid other problems, like gum diseases.
- See Your Dentist for Checkups
On the how to prevent cavities checklist, seeing your dentist for regular checkups is one of the big ones. Your dentist is in the best position to spot problem areas before they become cavities. If your brushing technique doesn’t hit a few spots well, your dentist can let you know and offer some tips.
- Break Out the Floss
Most people don’t enjoy flossing. It’s a little tedious and adds a little time to your morning or evening routine. Yet, it’s a crucial step.
No matter how well you brush, most people can’t get their toothbrushes between their teeth. Flossing is the only way to get out any food particles in there.
Even if you’ve had cavities in the past, preventing cavities is all about taking action now. The good news is that most of these actions are simple things you can do at home.
Make a habit of always brushing your teeth in the morning and at night. Use floss once a day. Cut some sugar out of your diet.
Beyond that, make and keep your appointments for dental checkups. If your teeth aren’t straight, you can even ask about straightening options.
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