6 Best Preventative Dental Care Tips to Follow

6 Best Preventative Dental Care Tips to Follow

The best way to show that you’re happy is with a bright, radiant smile.

But what if you start losing your pearly whites that you can’t even afford to smile much less laugh? Don’t let this dreadful nightmare happen to you, and give your teeth some love before you would need to resort to an emergency dental treatment.

To avoid serious and costly dental problems in the future, you need to practice preventative dental care. This is a beneficial routine that will help you maintain your oral health.

Here are the best preventative dental care tips you can follow to ensure you get to keep your pearly whites (and your dazzling smile) for years to come.

1. Brush and floss every day

You should floss at least once a day and brush your teeth twice a day. However, doing these things are not enough if you can’t even brush your teeth correctly. Without implementing a good brushing technique, brushing would be pointless.

Considering people’s hectic schedules nowadays, it can be quite tempting to brush your teeth as quickly as you can. But keep in mind that brushing your teeth correctly also means taking your time to do it right.

  • Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes to have enough time to reach every nook and cranny in your mouth.
  • Position your brush at a 45-degree angle on your gums, and brush using gentle strokes in a circular motion.
  • Be sure to also give attention to inner and outer sections, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to get rid of dirt and bacteria.
  • Make sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or as soon as you notice the bristles getting worn out.
  • Choose a soft-bristled brush which is gentle on your gums and enamel, and can reach all corners of your mouth.

2. Keep your routine dental checkups

When you regularly book appointments with your dentist, you can stay updated with your preventative oral care programme.

During your dental appointment, you can expect to have professional teeth cleaning services and thorough examination to spot and treat dental problems early on. These will help you minimize the risk of long-term damage to your pearly whites.

Make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year or more, depending on your dental health condition. This will also help your dentist get to know you better, and answer any questions or concerns you have regarding your oral health.

3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Having a healthy lifestyle can also help you reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Whatever you consume or put in your mouth affects your oral health as well so stay away from vices and bad eating habits.

  • Choose a diet consisting mainly of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains.
  • Limit your intake of sugar.
  • When eating acidic foods, rinse your mouth with water and wait for 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol.

4. Get fluoride treatments

With the help of fluoride treatments, your teeth will have better chances of resisting cavities. Fluoride can prevent tooth decay by making your teeth resilient to acid attacks from bacteria, plaque, and sugar. It also helps remineralise teeth that have been damaged by decay which, in turn, eventually stops cavities from forming.

This treatment should only be done upon the advice of your dentist. Your dentist knows your oral health history and understands whether you need to use this kind of treatment or not.

5. Consider dental sealants

A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating painted on chewing surfaces that are hard to clean to act as a shield and shut out decay. This is quite beneficial for cavity prevention and contributes to huge cost savings from cavity-related dental problems.

Brushing and flossing can help get rid of plaque. Unfortunately, plaque which is stuck among the grooves of and in between teeth can be difficult to eliminate through brushing or flossing alone. By getting a dental sealant, you can have a smooth surface along the grooves and in between your teeth, preventing plaque from settling in.

Dental sealants are usually applied on children’s teeth as a preventative measure during their formative years when tooth decay is most common. However, sealants can be applied to adult teeth as well as long as it is determined to be necessary. Just make sure to consult with your dentist first before you consider having one.

6. Use a mouth guard

Do you play contact sports such as football or soccer?

To protect your teeth, invest in a quality mouth guard. Wearing a mouth guard goes a long way in defending your mouth against injuries such as broken teeth. This is also a useful dental tool against teeth grinding which contributes to temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, commonly referred to as “TMJ.”

Teeth grinding is an unconscious habit that causes dental problems such as chipped, broken, or cracked teeth. Once you become aware of this bad habit, talk to your dentist about how you can stop and correct teeth grinding.

Keep that healthy smile

Other than being a source of your beautiful smile, your teeth are your only tools for chewing and enjoying your food well. Take full advantage of the tips above to protect your teeth from dental problems.

Better yet, contact 24/7 Dental today, and ask about how you can practice preventative dental care. Your mouth and wallet will definitely thank you for it!

Dr. Michael Letham is the owner and dentist at 24/7 Dental and Bayside Smiles. He graduated from Sydney University in 2000 with Honours, receiving the R Morse Withycombe Prize for Proficiency in Clinical Periodontics (gum treatment). Striving to provide a modern, holistic approach to dental care that is tailored to each individual's requirements, Mike's focus is on being thorough and meticulous whilst being caring and compassionate.