The teeth you have in your mouth need to last you a lifetime, so taking good care of them is important. Most of us know that twinge of pain that comes with a toothache a bit too well though.
When you damage your teeth, the pain can be a serious problem. So can the dental bills that come along with that pain and the restorative treatment youâ€™re going to need.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can protect your teeth and avoid that pain altogether. After all, nobody wants a sore mouth when they can avoid it in the first place.
Stop Chewing Candy
Candy is a serious problem for some people, especially those that like to take big bites out of it. Doing that can really harm your teeth, especially if you like to snack while youâ€™re on the road and away from a toothbrush.
If you have to eat candy, look for foods that arenâ€™t sticky and gummy. You donâ€™t want those bits of acidic sugar sticking to your teeth for hours at a time. Theyâ€™ll cause some serious damage to your enamel if you forget about them being there.
Brushing your teeth is something you probably already do every single day. If youâ€™re like most people, you do it more than once per day. At least your Brooklyn dentist hopes you brush more than once per day.
The problem is that you might not be brushing smart. The best time to brush is about 30 minutes after you eat â€“ not five minutes after.
Thatâ€™s because the enamel on your teeth can be worn down when you brush after eating â€“ especially if you ate highly-acidic foods or drank acidic beverages like lemonade or orange juice.
A lot of people say they floss their teeth regularly, but what they really mean is that they floss when they remember to do so. Flossing once a week just isnâ€™t going to cut it if you want healthy teeth for the rest of your life.
Try to make sure youâ€™re flossing at least once a day at the end of the day. Put your dental floss in an obvious spot in the bathroom so you donâ€™t forget about it or set a reminder on your phone.
You might also want to consider keeping some dental floss in your office drawer at work. Flossing after every meal is even better than just once per day.
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