After a long summer of picnics, pool parties, and barbeques, people tend to neglect their oral health until it’s time for winter festivities. In addition, the fall season brings a variety of oral hygiene issues that need to be addressed before they become bigger problems.
To help you prepare for the fall season, we’ve compiled a list of seven dental tips to help you stay on track with your oral healthcare.
Most dental problems don’t occur spontaneously, but rather over time. It’s important to stay updated with your oral hygiene routine. Visit the dentist regularly for tooth cleaning and examination. Dentists may offer specials to ensure you are getting the care you need.
While candy is plenty during Halloween, it’s best to avoid it if possible. Sugary and chewy snacks can lead to tooth decay. This is because bacteria build in the grooves of your teeth over time. If you have a sweet tooth, try putting sugar-free hard candies in your mouth to satisfy your craving.
Fluoride treatments are recommended for children. Also, they can benefit adults who may not be getting proper exposure to fluoride primarily through their water supply. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel, which protects teeth against acid damage that’s caused by bacteria.
Children and adults carry bacteria in their mouths, which can cause cavities. When they begin to brush regularly the mouth becomes clean and is less likely to become infected with cavity-causing bacteria like “Streptococcus mutans.”
Antibacterial mouthwash kills these bacteria upon contact. Mouthwash that contains alcohol can be a helpful substitution to using straight water.
It is possible that toothbrushes can harbor bacteria. You probably don’t need to toss it in the trash.
Instead, rinse your toothbrush thoroughly with hot water after using, allow it to air dry, and avoid leaving it in a moist area like a bathroom.
Drinking plenty of water keeps your mouth moist and helps to wash away leftover food particles. More importantly, staying hydrated is an excellent way to stay healthy both in the fall and during the cold and flu season.
Coffee, soda, and energy drinks can cause a decrease in saliva that washes away cavity-causing bacteria. If possible, try replacing them with water or sugar-free drinks. Sparkling water with a bit of your favorite fruit is just as refreshing but contains no added sugar or calories.
If it’s time for your dental checkup and you want to learn more about dental health, call our office at (860) 400-0196 to schedule your appointment.