Education is at the forefront of preventive dentistry. It is our intent to help each of our patients know how to manage dental health at every age. To do that successfully, we have to keep a close eye on what those needs may be. Additionally, it is necessary to talk about the potentially harmful habits one may develop as well as the good habits that will keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible. We often find that patients are inadvertently headed down a path which they don’t want to travel, all because of some sneaky little habits.
- Too much gusto. We are often told to “give it our all,” whatever that “it” is we are going for. This teaching may extend into keeping teeth clean. We meet with a lot of patients who, despite their best intentions, hurting their oral health by going too hard at hygiene. Let’s take the toothbrush that is used, for instance. Hard bristles may leave you feeling minty-fresh, but they are also abrading your gums, which can cause erosion. Take it easy with your teeth. We’re happy to demonstrate how to maximize brushing and flossing without harming vital structures.
- Too much acid. Acid, what? Who washes their teeth in acid? Truthfully, a large percentage of the population does this routinely! In recent years, tooth erosion has crept into one of the top spots regarding dental concerns. Even people who don’t drink soda every day, who are “staying healthy” by consuming sports drinks instead, are at risk for significant wearing down of their enamel, which can lead to cavities, not to mention discoloration. Here’s a tip: if you drink coffee, soda, or eat vinegar salad dressing, pickles, or citrus fruit, rinse your mouth out (don’t brush!) after such a treat. This will dilute the acid and protect your teeth.
- Too much independence. It takes teamwork to keep a smile healthy and attractive, and you have an experienced dentist at Peters Dental Associates in Houston. Let us help you fight the good fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule your checkup and cleaning today at (281) 486-8061.