It’s possible to keep your original teeth for your entire lifetime. Of course, this will take some work and commitment on your part, but the end result is well worth it.
You’ll want to brush and floss twice daily, every day. This helps control tooth decay and gum disease – your teeth’s biggest enemies. Make sure you use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Unfortunately, people who smoke are twice as likely to lose their teeth. Even “smokeless” tobacco is harmful because it can cause your teeth to become discolored, your gums become irritated, and the likelihood of things like oral cancer and cavities to increase. This doesn’t even include the other ways that smoking affects your health and shortens your lifespan. So, if you smoke, quit and if you don’t, then don’t start.
It’s important that you don’t snack on sugary foods (e.g. candy) between meals and that you avoid things like soda and energy or sports drinks. You should instead opt for a diet that’s balanced with plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Not only is this what’s best for your teeth, it also helps your whole-body function better.
Being active is an important part of being healthy. However, activities like basketball, football, biking, and skiing (sports where it’s quite possible you may receive a blow to your face), you should wear a custom-fitted mouthguard while being active. This will make you 60 times less likely to suffer damage to your teeth.
Don’t forget about routine visits to our office – once every 6 months. This gives us the opportunity to check for any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease so we can treat them before they become too serious.