If one or more of your teeth have ever hurt, you might have wished that there was something you could do to prevent toothaches. The truth is, you usually can. Most cases of tooth sensitivity are due to conditions that result from inadequate dental hygiene, like weak tooth enamel (the protective outer layer of your teeth) or the beginnings of a cavity. Once a toothache develops, it will have to be dealt with, but with the right care and a few tips from your Southlake dentists, you can mostly avoid the discomfort of aching teeth.
Brush and floss often
It may seem over-simplified, but one of the most important and effective ways to keep your teeth strong and healthy is to brush them at least twice every day and floss them at least once. The plaque that consistently gathers on their surfaces is made of bacteria, many of which actively weaken teeth by producing enamel-destroying acids. A steady routine of brushing and flossing is the only way to keep your teeth clear of bacterial plaque.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is found in most toothpaste brands, and is popular for its ability to bond to weak enamel and strengthen it against harmful influences. Be sure to use toothpaste with fluoride to reduce your risks of thin enamel and sensitive teeth.
Milk and other dairy products contain ample amounts of calcium and vitamin D, which comprises the majority of your tooth enamel’s substance. Consuming dairy products is a healthy way to ensure you receive enough minerals to keep your teeth strong, healthy, and ache-free.
Show restraint with sugar and acid
Oral bacteria alone aren’t necessarily harmful to your teeth; the main threat stems from the substances they produce. For instance, the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, consume sugar from your meals and beverages and converts it into acid. Limiting your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages will reduce the amount of damage your tooth enamel endures on a daily basis.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.