Dr. Peter Spennato, DDS is a general dentist from California. He is into martial arts, boating, tennis, and real estate investing through Painless Properties. For today’s update, he talks about basic albeit essential steps to caring for one’s teeth.
When you were a child, chances are you didn’t think much of your elders’ advice to take good care of your teeth. They may have reminded you to brush your teeth after every meal, and you’d be quick to assure them that you won’t forget. As a kid, you had a second chance to replace your teeth after all—growing permanent teeth in place of temporary ones, which would serve you for the rest of your life. Now that you’re no longer a naïve child, it’s time to take a step back and review your dental hygiene habits, because once those teeth are gone, they’re gone for good.
#1: Floss, floss, floss– The truth is, brushing your teeth is only half the picture as flossing makes up the other half. Flossing can remove as much as a third of all those bits and pieces of food stuck in between your teeth that a normal toothbrush will not be able to reach. If your gums bleed whenever you floss, that’s already a red flag indicating that something is amiss with your teeth cleaning regimen, and it’s quite plausible it’s because you don’t floss regularly.
#2: Avoid chewing hard foods – Do you have a sweet tooth? If you eat candy to satisfy your cravings for sweets, avoid chewing hard candy as it can damage or dislodge your teeth. Other hard foods you should avoid chewing are ice cubes and nuts. While teeth are relatively strong and able to tear a number of tough foods like meat, they are far from invincible and will thus require your care and prudence. The older you are, the more mindful you should be of the things you chew and bite.
#3: Deep cleaning is your friend – Apart from the pain, those odd sounds while on the dentist’s chair are enough to scare some people away from seeing their dentist every six months. First, not every checkup calls for deep cleaning and even so, this procedure is only for your benefit. Remember, brushing and flossing are not enough to remove hardened plaque so your best recourse is to finally push through with that dentist appointment you’ve been putting off.
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