Everyone knows that two of the best ways you can protect your mouth against cavities are brushing your teeth twice daily and visiting Dr. Steven Holbrook every 6 month for a dental check up. However, in between those basic steps, there are a few other tips and tricks that you may not know can actually help take your teeth protection one step further. Read on to learn more about three simple tips you can add to your dental routine.
Drink More Water
Let’s face it, drinking more water really is only going to do every part of your body good (except your bladder begging to be emptied more frequently). But did you know that drinking more water can help to protect your teeth from cavities? By increasing your mouth’s natural production of saliva and by helping to wash away germs, excess food, and bacteria from your mouth, drinking more water— especially after meals— will help to lower the time that food and bacteria come into contact with your teeth.
Chew Sugar free Gum
If you like to chew gum after a meal— enter those garlic fries. Yikes! — Then did you know you are doing more to your oral health than just simply freshening your breath? Chewing sugarless gum encourages the production of saliva in your mouth. And saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against harmful plaque, tartar, and bacteria because it washes it off of your teeth and out of your mouth.
Using a Straw
Another quick and easy way to avoid getting cavities? Use a straw to drink your beverages. By limiting the amount of contact your sugary beverages have with your teeth, you can help to cut back on the development of cavities.
These three simple, easy, and unique tips can help you to avoid having to see Dr. Steven Holbrook for a cavity. To learn more about how you can get the most out of your dental health or to schedule your next dental cleaning, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!