If you have already lost teeth, you probably know that there are many options available to replace them. This is good news. Depending on the number and positioning of your tooth loss, you may opt for dental implants, partial implants, partial dentures, or full dentures. However, if you still have all of your teeth and they’re in relatively good condition, there are things you can do to ensure that you keep them well into old age. Your Celina, TX dentist, Dr. Angela Ganjoor, would like to offer you some tips on how to care for your natural smile for many years to come.
Tip #1: Floss Before You Brush
Many people get this backwards, but if you floss prior to brushing your teeth, you’ll be able to brush away the debris that you remove from between them. If you order the operations the way most people are used to, bacteria and food particles can end up sitting on your teeth for hours.
Tip #2: Brush With a Soft Toothbrush Twice-a-day
There’s no shame in wearing dentures, but once you have them, you may find yourself wishing that you’d just done a better job with brushing when your natural teeth were still healthy. For best results, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, both approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). You can also regularly rinse with a germ-killing mouthwash to eradicate various types of bacteria for healthier teeth and gums, as well as fresher breath.
Tip #3: Eat a Balanced Diet
Bacteria have a bigger sweet tooth than anyone. They love their sugar and they use it to create tooth-damaging acid. Unfortunately, simply avoiding candy isn’t enough. Refined carbohydrates are converted into sucrose in your mouth, so that piece of bread or handful of crackers may as well be a chocolate bar. Limiting your intake of both sugar and carbs, and increasing your consumption of healthy vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy is likely to be good for your waistline and your teeth. Don’t forget to cut out the sugary beverages and stick to good, old-fashioned H2O for tooth-friendly hydration.
Tip #4: Treat Your Teeth Like Kings So They Don’t Need Crowns
It’s tempting to tear into your favorite foods with wild abandon, but certain consumables (a perfect example would be popcorn kernels) can crack your teeth and turn your snack-fest into a dental nightmare. If you do crack or fracture a tooth, you may need a filling or crown to keep the natural structure supported and strong. Otherwise you could end up with deep decay that causes you to lose teeth.
Teeth Replacement from Celina, TX Dentist
Visiting your Celina, TX dentist every six months is one last critical step in maintaining your teeth for life. Dr. Ganjoor and her staff are dedicated keeping your teeth healthy. Schedule an appointment with our 75009 dental office by calling (214) 851-0130 today. Located in Celina, we proudly serve patients from Prosper, Frisco, Allen, and neighboring communities.