Save that smile. Keep your teeth healthy.
1. Brush properly
There is a small percentage of young people who never had cavities in their life. To protect your pearly whites, target the most vulnerable areas – between the teeth and at the spot where the gum meets the teeth. The best way to do that is to floss, but an electric toothbrush can also do the job in reaching tough spots. Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, choose a soft-bristled one and point it at your gum line so the bristles slide under the gums just a little.
2. Don’t ignorebad breath.
If you notice a foul smell coming from your mouth more than once or twice a week, you may have halitosis. See your dentist. It can be a sign of cavities or major gum disease. Try to breathe through your nose more instead of through your mouth if possible. Breathing through the mouth evaporates saliva, which helps wash away odor- and decay-causing bacteria.
3. Get regular dental check-ups.
Untreated cavities and tiny cracks can lead to deep infections inside teeth. The fix is often a root canal, the much-feared procedure in whicha dentist drills into a tooth and scrapes out infected tissue. Some people have stronger teeth than others, but even if yours are weak, you may be able to avoid this fate by seeing your dentist every six months to detect problems early
4. Drink more water
As we age, tooth enamel naturally yellows or grays a bit. But the most common culprits of tooth stains are tobacco, coffee, tea, and wine. Brush your smoking or after drinking these; if you can’t brush yet, drink water to help remove some of the surface stains. Hard-to-brush places between teeth are most stain-prone. Run floss through whitening toothpaste before using it.
5. Get teeth X-rays
Once your teeth stop setting—usually between ages 18-25, get dental x-rays. A lesser-known cause of gum disease is the wisdom teeth. These can lead to crookedness, too. If you are over 25 and have not gone through dental a x-ray yet, do it now before your wisdom teeth cause problems.