Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is our third and final blog in our series about tips for improving oral health. Although there are many ways to improve oral health, most people tend to focus on brushing regularly. This is certainly one of the most important things you can do for your oral health, but it’s not the only. Keep reading to learn more.
Stop grinding your teeth!
If your teeth are sensitive and you get cavities easily, you may be grinding your teeth. Whether you’re doing this throughout the day or do it subconsciously while you sleep, grinding your teeth will wear down enamel and increase the rate of tooth decay. If it’s bad enough, you may need to wear a special mouthguard at night to prevent this.
Cut back on sugar
Although brushing will eliminate most of the cavity-causing sugar in your mouth, simply cutting back on your sugar intake can help prevent cavities. A lot of the sugar we consume as a society is through sugary drinks like fruit juice and soda which sticks to our teeth easily and gets between our teeth where it can only be reached by flossing which many of us don’t do, or do inconsistently!
Visit a dentist regularly
Maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine is the most important thing you can do for your oral health. However, visiting a dentist regularly is like the icing on the cake. A dentist will provide you with a progress report, as well as make you aware of any concerns that have arisen since your last visit. Also, there’s no way to overstate the importance of an annual professional cleaning. Your teeth may have stubborn plaque or tartar buildup on them that can only be removed with a thorough professional cleaning. A dentist will also catch cavities in their early stages so that they can be dealt with in the least invasive and cost-effective way possible.
Getting braces may greatly improve your oral health, depending on how misaligned your teeth are currently. Crooked teeth aren’t just cause for an off-balance smile, they can be detrimental to your oral health. When your teeth are crooked or overlapping, they’re more difficult to brush and floss, meaning bacteria, plaque, and tartar are more likely to form leading to cavities. Misaligned teeth can also cause over- or under-bites as well as tooth decay and even bone loss in the jaw. You should contact an orthodontist today if you have misaligned teeth and are concerned it may be affecting your oral health.
Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics
Camilo Riano Orthodontics is your Top Rated Local® Orthodontists in San Francisco and the surrounding area. We specialize in Incognito hidden lingual braces and Invisalign clear aligners. We aim to make your experience as carefree and simple as possible by providing free consultations as well as accepting most major dental insurance plans. Contact us today if you have any questions or you’re ready to get started.