Wellness

5 Tips to Protect Your Oral Health

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Brushing and flossing daily and limiting sugary sweets and sodas are habits dentists recommend to ensure you’ll have healthy teeth and gums as you age. But there are several other things you can do to protect your oral health. Consider these five tips:

Tip #1 – Avoid sharing spoons, straws and other utensils with others because the oral bacteria that cause cavities spreads through saliva.

Tip #2 – Pregnant women should have regular dental visits and be treated for tooth decay (skip the X-rays, though). Otherwise, the mother’s gums may become infected and spread bacteria into her bloodstream, which can cause a baby to be born early or at a low weight.

Tip #3 – Schedule regular dental appointments for checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist will check for signs of oral health and possible medical issues that could lead to serious complications, such as diabetes, stroke or heart disease, if not treated promptly. If you have a medical condition or family history that requires frequent dental checkups, your dentist will let you know.

Tip #4 – Check the sugar content of healthy foods. Many smoothies and cold-pressed juices have a high concentration of sweeteners. If you drink the beverage and swish it around, the sugars can sit on your teeth and gums. Those sugars may join up with oral bacteria and be converted into acids that erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. Dentists recommend using a straw to sip healthy drinks and waiting at least 45 minutes before brushing your teeth to avoid breaking down tooth enamel.

Tip #5 – Eat cheese when drinking wine. Research shows red wine can stain teeth, and the acids in white wine can damage enamel. But eating cheese with wine helps to protect teeth from these problems. In addition, when you can’t brush right away, you can rinse your mouth with water.

It makes sense that people with dental insurance tend to visit the dentist, but they may not be getting the full value available.

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