The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asserted in recent years that, although tooth decay is highly preventable, 9 out of 10 adults have experienced tooth decay at some point in their lives.
The statistics are even worse worldwide, with the HHS also reporting that 1 in 3 people living in the world right now is suffering through some form of tooth decay when it comes to their permanent teeth.
Below, Audubon Dental Center goes over a few insider tips that will help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease so you can live a healthy, happy life with a sparkling, healthy smile.
Protect Your Smile
Think of your teeth and gums as a place that is constantly getting bombarded by foods and beverages, not to mention bacteria and toxins that come from your environments. Protecting your smile by having a great brushing and flossing routine is crucial.
Eat with Your Smile in Mind
Think of your food as nourishment and make choices in your diet that reflect this fact. Start eating more vegetables and clean, whole foods instead of sugary foods and beverages or foods that are loaded with processed carbohydrates, which work against your healthy smile.
Floss Frequently and Brush Properly
Floss every time you brush to rid the nooks and crannies of your teeth from plaque build-up. Make sure you brush properly, too, which means circular motions instead of back-and-forth motions. Be sure to use a soft-bristle toothbrush and try to spring for an electric version if you can.
Stay Close with Your Family Dentist
It’s hugely important to check in with your local family oral health specialist at least twice a year to maintain a healthy smile, deal with any issues that come up along the way, and prevent any future issues with your smile from becoming serious problems.
If you’d like any additional insider tips on how to achieve and maintain a healthy smile, contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. Not only do we provide oral health services for the entire family, but we also provide education that will help your teeth and gums stay healthy for the long haul.