Most people know that cavities are common dental problems, but few realize just how pervasive they have become. Recent studies indicate that nearly 90 percent of the adults in America will suffer from dental caries, commonly called cavities. Nearly one third of school-aged children are also likely to have cavities. Fortunately, you can do something to prevent general dental problems and to help protect your smile and those of your kids. You simply need to develop smart and healthy habits, as a family, to help prolong your dental health.
Make Sure You are Flossing and Brushing Each Day
While brushing for two minutes twice a day is a great start, to protecting your teeth, you still need to be flossing at least once each day. Flossing helps to remove the bacteria that can easily lodge in between the teeth, where toothbrush bristles simply cannot reach.
With proper technique, flossing should only take a few minutes, and should be painless.
Don’t Fill Your Diet with Sugar
Another easy way to protect your smile is by limiting sugar’s role in your diet. Healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, provide your smile with the nutrients it needs, while sugar can lead to excessive bacteria growth. To prevent acidic erosion and infection, simply steer clear of sugar, in its many forms.
See the Dentist At Least Twice a Year
Finally, healthy habits at-home are important, of course, but they should not be viewed as a substitute for regular preventive dental checkups and cleanings. These visits help to remove tartar, and leave teeth feeling and looking their best!
So make sure you see the dentist at least twice a year, or more if necessary.
Need Preventive Dentistry?
Dr. Newman can help to protect your families’ smiles through regular dental checkups and cleanings. You can schedule a preventive visit, today, by calling Newman Dental at 520-296-5439. Newman Dental is located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza in Tucson, AZ, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.