It’s easy to forget about your teeth when you’re busy with other things, but taking care of your mouth can save you money. This is because dental treatments and procedures are more expensive than medical care.
Here are four ways good dental habits can help you save money:
- You will need fewer dental visits.
- You avoid expensive procedures like root canals and crowns. You reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to more expensive treatment down the road.
- Instead of getting dentures or implants later, you are more likely to keep your natural teeth for life.
Now let’s talk about the worst habits that can damage your teeth and gums.
The wrong brush
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day, but that’s easier said than done. If you’re still brushing and flossing, great! If not, here are some tips on how to get on track:
How often should you brush your teeth?
It depends on the type of toothbrush you use. The American Dental Association recommends using an electric or electric toothbrush for best results. These brushes are more effective at removing plaque than manual brushes because they vibrate at a higher speed. This will stimulate the gums and help remove plaque from hard-to-reach places where food can get stuck between the teeth (this is called interdental cleaning). The ADA also says that if you don’t have access to an electric toothbrush, brushing by hand with fluoride toothpaste is also fine—just be sure not to skip the spots.
What toothpaste should I use?
There are several types that do different things: some whiten teeth, others help prevent cavities; some taste like mint, others like fruit; some even contain special chemicals for sensitive teeth. As long as toothpaste contains fluoride (and most do), any brand will work if you use it consistently.
What kind of toothbrush should I use?
A soft toothbrush is less damaging to the gum tissue. Use a light touch as well. Brushing too hard can damage the gum tissue and cause the teeth to recede, exposing the roots of the teeth, including the enamel-covered root surfaces. The best way to prevent this is to use a soft toothbrush with a small head.
Flossing not only removes food from between your teeth, but also cleans around the gum line, where bacteria can build up and cause bad breath (also known as halitosis). However, many people don’t floss regularly because they find it boring or difficult to do properly. If this describes you, opt for string instead of traditional string. They are easy to use and take up less space in your mouth than regular floss.
Smoking or chewing tobacco
Smoking and chewing tobacco are two of the worst things for your dental health. Both lead to gum disease that damages your teeth. In addition, smoking causes tooth decay and loss. Chemicals in smoke cause bad breath and yellow teeth, while chewing tobacco causes cavities and oral cancer. Smoking affects more than your heart and lungs; it is also bad for your teeth and gums.
Eat hard candy, toffee and popcorn kernels
Dentists recommend not eating hard candy. It can damage your teeth, making you more likely to get cavities. Sugar in hard candy can also cause tooth decay. Chewy toffee and popcorn kernels are some of the worst things to eat if you want a healthy smile. These foods are so hard that they can chip your teeth or even break one completely. Although nuts are a healthy snack, biting too hard can break a filling or tooth.
eating acidic foods
Avoid acidic foods that eat away at enamel, such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, and sports drinks. These foods and drinks can damage your tooth enamel if you eat a lot of them. When tooth enamel breaks down, the dirty dentin underneath is exposed, making your teeth look dull and yellow. Bleaching does not whiten teeth affected by eroded enamel. The only way to fix it is to cover the areas.
Acidic foods include:
- Citrus fruits and juices (eg oranges)
- a tomato
- sports drinks
- Soft drinks
Dehydration (lack of saliva causes dry mouth)
Water is the best drink for your body because it helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you don’t drink enough water, your mouth will be dry and saliva will be less. A decrease in saliva affects the growth of bacteria in your mouth. A result? More cavities and periodontal disease.
How can you avoid this fate? Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. If you have trouble remembering this, carry a bottle with you wherever you go and drink from it every few hours throughout the day. If you don’t have filtered water, the discolored taste of plain old tap water might not be your favorite, but you’ll be glad you don’t have those cavities later.
Do not see the dentist regularly
Regular checkups allow your dentist to catch potential problems early and treat them before they become more severe or painful. If you miss regular visits, you may not get treatment until the problem gets worse, which can lead to more time and cost. See your dentist every six months and more often if they recommend.
We hope this article will make you aware of habits that can negatively affect your dental health. Learn how to take care of your teeth and be consistent with it. This will save you time and money. Plus, you’ll have a more beautiful smile! Isn’t it worth a little effort?
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- “Toothbrushes | American Dental Association. February 26. 2019, ada.org/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/toothbrushes.