Keep Your Teeth Safe And Protected

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If you are a person who likes to do a lot of physical activities, has dangerous hobbies or plays in contact sports, then you should take extra precautions to make sure your teeth are as safe as possible. You want to focus on making your teeth stronger, keeping your teeth protected and knowing what to do in the case of a dental emergency. The information here will help you to know how to do all three of these things, so you can enjoy a healthier and better looking mouth that's as unaffected as possible by your riskier lifestyle.

Making your teeth stronger

You can make your teeth stronger by eating foods known for being better for them, and cutting down on foods that aren't good for them. Foods that are high in calcium, like broccoli, salmon, milk, yogurt and cheese are all high in calcium and that means they can help make your teeth stronger. Also, using dental products that have extra fluoride can help to decrease your chances of developing cavities and other problems that can lead to weaker teeth.

Stay away from sticky foods that cling to the surfaces of your teeth because they will cause more bacteria and plaque growth. Also, chew sugarless gum after meals to help to remove any leftover particles and bacteria and decrease plaque growth. Also, don't use your teeth for anything other than eating, such as for opening packages, untying knots or anything else that puts more stress on them.

Keeping your teeth protected

You want to protect your teeth from damage any time you are participating in sports or other hobbies that put them at risk. You want to get a mouth guard and make sure you wear it when you are practicing or playing. The best source to go to for your mouth guard is your dentist. Although you can get a mouth guard at a sporting goods store, the dentist can give you one you know will fit correctly and be made of good material.

Dealing with a dental emergency

Carry a dental first aid kit in your car in case you ever have a dental emergency. The kit should contain pain relievers, instant ice packs, sterile gauze and anything else you may need to help with pain or other situations. If you ever knock your tooth out chip one, then you want to take an over the counter pain reliever, use an instant ice pack to help ease pain and swelling and get in to see the dentist as soon as possible. In severe situations, go to an emergency dentist if you need to. If you break or chip your tooth, you may need to have a crown put on it to prevent further damage. Contact a dentist, such as Webster John B DDS, for more information.  


15 April 2016

Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.