Preventing Tooth Problems

If you or one of your children tend to have dental problems, it's very important for you to take all the steps you can to prevent further damage to them. You want to promote strong teeth and avoid injuries. This article is full of information that can help you to achieve these things by simply making a few changes in your daily care and by implementing a few additions to your oral hygiene routine.

Strengthen Your Enamel

You can do different things to help strengthen your enamel. If you have thinner than average enamel, then you can ask your dentist if they can prescribe you a fluoride supplement. You should also increase your intake of fluoride by using over the counter tooth care products that have added fluoride in them, such as toothpastes and mouthwashes.

You can also help strengthen your enamel by eating foods that are high in calcium. These foods include things like milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, green beans and almonds. You also want to stay away from foods high in acid because they can wear down the enamel. These include soda, wine, sports drinks and excessive amount of fruits.

Care for Your Teeth Properly

When brushing your teeth, you want to use a toothbrush that you feel does a good job without being too rough on your teeth. Clean them well, but don't over-scrub them or you can wear off more of the enamel. Floss after every meal so you don't have leftover food stuck in your teeth that lead to a buildup of plaque that will lead to cavities. Drinking water after each meal will also help to flush out any excessive food. You can even chew sugar-free gum to remove food from the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Avoid Injury to Your Teeth

If you play sports, you want to go directly to your dentist for a mouth guard, rather than getting a basic one from a store. You also want to avoid bad habits like chewing your nails, opening bottles with your teeth and chewing on ice.

Now that you have more information on how to keep your teeth, or the teeth of one of your kids, from further damage and make them stronger, you can enjoy healthier teeth longer and avoid needing to have more dental work done. It's also important to make sure you schedule your semiannual dental appointments, along with following your dentist's schedule regarding routine cleanings.

For more specialized dental care for children, consider looking for a pediatric dentist in your area so they can help your child keep their teeth healthy and strong.