Teeth are at the mercy of many environmental factors, the biggest of which is our diet. Sugars and acids are the primary catalysts behind tooth decay, as they provide suitable surfaces for plaque to attach and grow. That being the case, it is essential to brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. Furthermore, you can negate the effects of sugary or acidic foods by simply rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash after each meal. The longer these substances have contact with enamel, the more damage they are able to inflict. By rinsing after meals, you can greatly reduce the amount of damaging compounds that lie dormant on your teeth.
Flossing, of course, is another mainstay of good oral hygiene. It is best to do this at least once a day, as it helps remove plaque from areas that your toothbrush and mouthwash cannot reach.
Periodic teeth cleaning also goes a long way in keeping your smile bright and healthy. The hygienists at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne can provide a comprehensive cleaning that will protect your teeth and leave your mouth feeling fresh.
Even if you practice good oral hygiene, it’s extremely beneficial to have Dr. Harrell monitoring your teeth and identifying potential cavities before they become troublesome.