What Else Does Good Hygiene Entail?
Posted January 11, 2014 by Wager-Evans Dental
Last week, we discussed the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and offered a few tips on how to make the most it. While the routine is necessary, even essential, to good hygiene, other routines and habits can introduce risks that your toothbrush and floss can’t match. Luckily, with a little diligence, you can spot these risks and take action before any serious damage occurs. This week, Reno dentists, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans, point out a few things to beware of throughout your day that can negate the work you put in at the bathroom sink.
Refrain from too much snacking
Most of us are familiar with warnings about candy, cookies, cakes, and cavities, but understanding the reasons behind the warning can help you realize that these aren’t the only risky treats. Anything with sugar and/or carbohydrates can feed certain oral bacteria that convert them into acid, which can hang around for about 20-30 minutes and deplete the minerals from your teeth while it lingers. The mineral depletion makes it easier for the acid to attack your tooth enamel, which relies on those minerals to remain strong. The more you snack, the more acid your teeth are exposed to, and the greater your chances of developing tooth decay.
Keep water close by
In times when you can’t brush your teeth after a meal or snack, rinsing your mouth with water can help remove bacteria, plaque, and food debris, as well as neutralize damaging acid. Water also helps keep you hydrated enough to produce a healthy flow of saliva, which is your mouth’s natural protection against acid and bacterial buildup.
Beware of grinding
Food and mouth germs aren’t the only thing to worry about when it comes to your smile’s health. For your teeth and gums to be of any use, they have to move properly. Constantly grinding your teeth—a habit called bruxism—can damage your teeth and the joints upon which your jaw moves. Often, bruxism occurs at night, when you may have difficulty noticing it. However, Dr. Wager and Dr. Evans may detect signs of bruxism during your dental checkup and cleaning, such as excessive tooth wear or a misaligned bite.
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845.