Good dental health is extremely important to good overall physical health. You want to keep your teeth strong, so you can continue to eat whole, natural foods like apples and corn on the cob. To do this, you must protect the enamel. The best way to do this is to get regular teeth cleanings in Salt Lake City at South Temple Dental, at least every 6 months. Between cleanings, try these tips for protecting the enamel on your teeth.
1. Brush After Each Meal
When you eat, the sugars from food can turn into bacteria, and this is what then attacks the enamel. If you cannot brush after every meal, brush at least twice a day after breakfast and before you go to bed.
2. Brush for 2 Minutes
Think of your mouth as four quadrants: upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right. Using a soft-bristled brush, brush each quadrant for at least 30 seconds, including your gums. Don’t forget to brush your tongue, as a lot of bacteria can build up there.
3. Avoid Sugar
Remember, bacteria feed on the sugar from food, so the more sugary your food and drink are, the harder it is on the enamel on your teeth. Sugar-filled candies, cakes, and cookies can lead to tooth decay. Sugary sodas are even worse because the carbonation can do even more damage to tooth enamel. If you’re going to drink soda, use a straw.
4. Chew Gum Containing Xylitol
It is has been found that xylitol can aid in the remineralization of tooth enamel, so in addition to maintaining sufficient saliva (dry mouth can also damage enamel), chewing gum with xylitol can help protect your teeth. Always opt for sugar-free gum.
5. Use Fluoride
If you are on a municipal water system, your water may already be enhanced with fluoride, but it is also important to use toothpaste and rinses that contain fluoride, especially for kids.
Professional Teeth Cleaning in Salt Lake City
There’s nothing that does as good of a job of protecting tooth enamel as a professional teeth cleaning by your dentist. At South Temple Dental, we can take care of your dental health needs and discuss other dental options available. Contact us today if you are in need of a teeth cleaning in Salt Lake City or have any questions or concerns, and you can also easily schedule an appointment online.