You always want to schedule regular checkups, but proper dental hygiene allows you to keep your dental visits to a minimum. Let’s take a look at the tips to help you and your family fight off cavities.
1. Use a Straw
This seems like common sense, but many people overlook the benefit of using a straw when consuming soda and acidic drinks. Using a straw won’t protect your teeth if your guzzling down a couple gallons of soda everyday, but it does help to prevent a sugary or acidic drink from having direct contact with your teeth. So if someone in your family is a fan of starting off the morning with a big glass of orange juice, make sure that they use a straw to help prevent cavities.
2. Chew Gum
It’s a shame that teachers made you throw your gum away before entering their class, as chewing sugar-free gum can actually help you avoid cavities! You can especially help to prevent cavities with gum that is made with Xylitol. Bacteria cannot utilize Xylitol to grow, which means that the same bacteria will have a more difficult time causing tooth decay.
3. Exercise Proper Dental Hygiene
Of course, one of the most effective ways to fight cavities is with a toothbrush and a strand of floss. Try to brush after every meal if you are able to, but make sure to at least brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed. If possible, also try to floss between meals. Everyone will have a different routine of when they can brush their teeth and floss, but the important thing is to stick to the routine each day.
4. Watch Your Eating Habits
It’s hard to turn down a tasty treat, but snacks are known to remain on the surface of your tooth after consumption. You also know that excessively chugging down drinks with large sugar contents can cause tooth decay, so you’re eating habits play a large role in preventing cavities.
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