When it comes to keeping your teeth in tip-top shape, it’s important to keep the ongoing battle in your mouth, in mind. In other words: remember that bacteria is constantly trying to fight its way inside your teeth to feed and thrive. Until it makes there (often through damage, or a cavity), it uses food debris to create acid, to weaken your enamel, and gradually eat its way through your teeth.
Our dentists in Garden Grove will be the first to tell you: this generally takes quite a while. However, after the first stages of decay begin – it gets faster and faster, which makes it even more important to take care of problems as soon as possible before they become larger and more expensive to treat.
With that said, one of the best ways to keep your teeth healthy is to brush and floss between meals. It literally only takes a couple minutes and it can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars, as well as hours upon hours of time in the dentist’s chair fixing a problem that could have been solved by a couple minutes in front of your sink.
So, without further ado – take a look at this short list of suggestions to help keep your teeth healthy, even if you don’t have time to brush (or if you forgot a brush) between meals.
Eat Crunchy Vegetables
Crunchy veggies like celery and carrots are GREAT for your smile because of the way they both stimulate saliva growth and gently scrape gunk and debris off your teeth because of their natural abrasiveness.
Drink More Water
Water truly is the stuff of life. It can help you lose weight, it protects and benefits all of the systems in your body, and – when it comes to your teeth – it helps rinse, wash, and protect them from decay.
Don’t Brush for 30 Minutes After Eating
While conventional wisdom says to brush between meals, do be careful when you brush. If you’ve eaten anything acidic, the time immediately after your meal is actually a vulnerable time for your teeth because they’re essentially bathed in acid – brushing will only rub that acid into your teeth, further weakening them.
We hope these tips will prove helpful in your quest for healthier teeth. Are you a patient in the Orange County area looking for a dentist nearby? We can help! Schedule a consultation today to learn more.