We should all be careful of our teeth when we only get one set once our baby teeth have fallen out during childhood, but for some of us it is much easier said than done! For those of us who do not take care of their teeth, by the time that they reach their forties it becomes more and more likely that they will be required to have some sort of tooth restoration of one kind or another. This can create a huge amount of discomfort and distress, along with the expense of the treatment and any potential time off from work that you would need to take in order to recover from the treatment. You should always work hard to ensure that you do not need to have a tooth restoration so that you can avoid all of this, and although it is always better to start off with a healthy lifestyle from childhood, there are many good habits that you can try and put into practise from adulthood that will do you much good.
Just follow the ideas below, and you should be able to keep healthy enough not to require any tooth restorations for many years:
- Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day
We are all taught as children how to brush our teeth and yet how many of us really pay attention enough throughout our teenage years? That gives us bad habits by the time that we reach adulthood, so teach yourself the new skill of being patient enough to spend four minutes of your entire day dedicated to your teeth – and you won’t regret it!
- Floss once a day, and with a vengeance!
Flossing is not something that any of us enjoy, but it is vital to ensure that any lingering plaque is removed from our teeth so that it does not provide an excellent place for bacteria and decay to lurk. By flossing before you go to bed at night, you can ensure that you are giving your teeth the best chance possible for healthy living.
- Avoid sugary food and drinks after lunch time
The more sugar that you consume, the more potential food any bacteria that is hiding in your mouth has to eat, and that is very bad for you making it much more likely that you would need a tooth restoration procedure in the future. That is why if you avoid sugary food and drinks after lunch time, you can greatly restrict the amount of sugar that you consume, and that will be much better for your teeth.
- Substitute coffee and tea for water
The tannins in coffee and tea will naturally stain your teeth yellow over time, and so the best way to avoid that is to remove or restrict the amount you drink each day. No one says that you have to give it up altogether, of course, but if you substitute just one cup of coffee or tea for a glass of water, you could dramatically improve your chances of healthier teeth.
- See your dentist regularly
The sooner something is found by your dentist then the sooner they can do something about it, so it is vital that you can to see them for a check up every six months or so. That way, any dental problems that start to creep up on you can be nipped in the bud without the need for a tooth restoration at all. Your dental will also be able to advise you on any changes to your teeth and mouth so that you can continue to make good and healthy decisions.
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