Defensive Dentistry: How to Avoid Expensive Dental Problems via @Wisebread
|My mother told me you only get one pair of permanent teeth. And I didn’t ignore those words. At forty, I don’t have any cavities and I still have all of my teeth.
I’ve encouraged healthy dentistry for the kids. Flossing, mouthwash and constant brushing is rewarded!
So with that I’m glad to share Wisebread’s tips and tricks on better dentistry! And please remember, it’s never too late too start!
It seems like the first thing to go in a tight economy is dental and vision benefits. Either employers cut back or employees want to reduce all but the most essential paycheck deductions. Add root canal horror stories and the near-universal anxiety that comes with visit to the dentist, and it’s clear to see that we could all use some tips on defensive dentistry. (See also: Open Wide: 5 Ways to Score Discount Dental Care)
If you’d like stay out of dentist’s chair (except for regular check-ups, of course), here are a few dental hygiene habits to brush up on.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that we brush our teeth at least twice a day and that one of those times should before bed. Thorough brushing removes plaque and that helps avoid two things everyone can do without — cavities and gum disease. Though it’s usually a good idea to brush after every meal, avoid it if you’ve been eating or drinking anything acidic. Acid weakens the tooth enamel and brushing within 30 minutes of consuming an acidic food or beverage risks damage to the tooth’s enamel. For a quick refresher on good brushing technique, check out the ADA’s brushing guidelines (PDF).