They say that the best accessory you can wear is a smile, and we have to agree!
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is important not only for keeping your
pearly whites bright, but also for preventing tooth decay, gum disease, and bad
Good oral hygiene does not have to be time-consuming, and by incorporating it
into your daily routine, you can ensure a long-lasting and healthy smile.
Let us keep things simple. Here are some pointers to help you maintain good oral
Brush and floss! It seems so simple!
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day are critical
(especially before bed). It is best to use a toothbrush with soft bristles that fits
comfortably in your mouth.
An electric or battery-powered toothbrush is a good place to start. Smaller brush
heads, combined with proper brushing technique, can help reduce plaque and
gingivitis more effectively than manual brushing. Some models include a
pressure sensor to help maintain a consistent and gentle pressure to avoid gum
irritation. Hard brushing can cause tooth brush abrasion on tooth enamel,
resulting in sensitive teeth.
Dental floss can also be replaced with interdental brushes. Interdental brushes
have been shown in studies to be more effective at cleaning those hard to reach
areas in between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach.
Consuming a well-balanced diet and limiting snacking between
The minerals and vitamins found in many natural foods are essential for building
and maintaining strong bones, as well as fighting disease. Calcium, Vitamins A,
C, D, K, Phosphorus, and Potassium are all found in a variety of fruits and
vegetables and are excellent for strengthening and protecting teeth and gums.
Additional advice: Limit snacking outside of main meal times and drink plenty of
water. If you do feel the need to snack, fibrous, water-rich foods like apples and
celery are excellent choices. They are not only healthy, but their texture can aid
in the removal of food and plaque.
Quit smoking if you smoke! Limit your intake of soda, coffee, and
We won’t go into the general health benefits of quitting smoking and limiting your
consumption of sugary foods and drinks, but we will say that smoking, fizzy drinks,
coffee, and alcohol are all bad for your teeth. The harmful acidity in these
substances attacks your protective enamel, causing erosion. Moderation is key
when it comes to sodas, coffee, and alcohol, and remember to rinse your mouth
with water afterward.
Using fluoride-containing dental products, such as toothpaste
Fluoride protects teeth from decay by fortifying them against acid attacks in the
mouth from plaque bacteria and sugars. It also stops early decay.
Regularly visit your dentist
Regular oral health checkups are important because your dentist can help you
prevent tooth and gum problems rather than just treat them when they occur.
We hope these suggestions are useful, and remember to take care of your smile.
If you are looking for a dentist in Kingman, we recommend Kingman Family
Where does tooth decay originate?
Your mouth is home to bacterial communities that recycle your food and drinks.
These bacteria can cause tooth decay in our mouths by feeding on the sugars in
the foods and drinks we consume and then excreting the waste in the form of a
biofilm known as dental plaque. This plaque allows all of those little recyclers to
linger on your teeth for longer, eventually producing acids that wear down the
tooth enamel and cause cavities.
Bacteria in plaque near the gums produce toxic products that enter the gum
tissues and cause gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to
periodontitis, a more serious disease that causes bone and tissue loss around
the teeth. Many foods stimulate the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids.
Sugary foods are obvious sources of plaque, but there are others that you may
be unaware of. Acids are also formed by starches such as bread, crackers, and
cereal. Bacterial plaque also produces substances that irritate the gums, turning
them red, sensitive, and prone to bleeding.
This can result in gum disease, a condition in which the gums pull away from the
teeth, forming pockets that fill with bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated,
the bone around the teeth can be destroyed, causing teeth to become loose or
require extraction. This can result in gum disease, a condition in which the gums
pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that fill with bacteria and pus. If the
gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed, causing teeth
to become loose or require extraction.
How can I keep my teeth from decaying?
Brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day is the most effective way to
prevent tooth decay and remove plaque. Plaque is removed from the tooth
surfaces by brushing. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled
toothbrush. Your toothbrush should be the right size and shape for your mouth,
allowing you to easily reach all areas. Use fluoride-containing antimicrobial
toothpaste to help protect your teeth from decay.
Once a day, use floss or interdental cleaners to remove plaque from between the
teeth, where the toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is critical for preventing gum
All articles are either written by, or content checked by an ex-General Dental Council (retired) registrant. Information in these articles should not be taken as dental advice and are for general information only, you should always seek advice of your local dentist, if you do not have a local dentist you might like to search our register.