Three Easy Ways to Prevent Cavities Now

Jun 13th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Cavities are holes in the teeth caused by plaque, which contains acids that erode the enamel surface and the underlying layer of dentin. The most effective method for cavity prevention is to incorporate a daily oral hygiene routine to eliminate the formation of plaque on the teeth. Here are three ways you can prevent cavities today:

Brushing

Brushing the teeth a minimum of twice daily is the most effective way to prevent erosion of the teeth. To avoid damaging the gums, use a toothbrush with softer bristles. And always use a toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride strengthens the enamel and promotes re-mineralization of teeth in areas where decay is at its earliest stages.

Flossing

Flossing involves using a thin filament to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth. Using floss daily can also prevent gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

Nutrition

Adopting a balanced diet is another way to improve oral health. Avoid foods that contain high levels of carbohydrates and simple sugars. Fresh fruits and vegetables stimulate the production of saliva, which rinses food particles off teeth and neutralizes acid. Replacing juice, soda, sports drinks and other sugary beverages with water or milk is also effective for preventing cavities.

Don’t forget: semi-annual cleanings are also just as important to maintaining good oral health! Contact Easton Dentists to schedule your teeth cleaning now!

Don't Retire your Oral Care

Jun 6th, 2014
Easton Dentists Mar 1st, 2017

Many retirees may feel that, at their age, they do not have to worry about taking care of their dental health. The truth is that at an older age, it is more important than ever to keep up with healthy dental habits.

Engaging in proper dental care is one of the most important things that anyone can do for your health – even if you’re retired! Not only is dental care crucial to enjoying good a wide variety of positive health benefits, it can also save you money on treatment procedures for problems that may arise from poor dental habits. The general health of our mouth and teeth is linked to our overall sense of well-being in a variety of ways. To begin with, having strong teeth allows us to properly chew food, which is essential in managing our nutritional intake and ensuring that our bodies stay strong. Research shows that teeth that are not regularly flossed can have a very negative effect on our respiratory health as well.

Additionally, poor dental health may have an adverse effect on speech and self-esteem. This can cause more than just health problems – poor health care can result in a harder time communicating, leading to social anxiety and other important issues as we age.

No matter where you are in life, it’s never too late to schedule a dental checkup. Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and we’ll make a plan to keep your teeth in top shape well into retirement!