Healthy Dental Habits Are The Best Path To Overall Wellness

So often in our teenage years, all we can think of is how to be attractive by having pleasant breath and white teeth.  Those two things become most important to us.  Good thing too, because establishing healthy dental habits can be difficult without incentives.  Teens are generally active in sports, and sometimes drink sodas with sugar and eat candy without worrying about their weight.

The key though is to begin to think about your teeth, and what good dental health habits mean for your overall well-being in the longer run.  Many believe that white teeth are healthy teeth, but that isn’t always so.  This video will point out the differences between whitening and brushing.

While white teeth are certainly attractive, brushing twice a day will go a long way in making your smile bright and your breath fresh.  You’ll be healthier too.  Here are three great ways to keep your teeth healthy for you and Dr. Gehrig to discuss.

Flossing and Brushing Your Teeth Twice a Day

The best way to avoid cavities is to brush your teeth twice a day.  Flossing should be done once per day.  Always remember, “you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep.”  🙂   It would be best to avoid too many sugary snacks and beverages, although if you do eat and drink those, there are ways to help minimize the problems doing this can create.   Last week’s post was full of advice on how to eat the sweets you enjoy while lowering the risks of doing so. See, “Halloween Candy Without Tooth Decay” and remember to see your dentists regularly. . . . at least two times per year.

Sealants Applied to Your Teeth by Your Dentist

Dentists have available to them a plastic coating they can put on your teeth which protects the deep lines and grooves in the chewing areas of your teeth.  It’s common for food particles to become trapped in those areas, and bacteria forms quickly in your mouth on food particles.  Ask Dr. Gehrig about putting sealants on your teeth to protect them.  Sealants sometimes wear off and need to be replaced, but they are very effective in keeping cavities from forming on the chewing area of your teeth.

Sealants are an additional defense from cavities, but as good as they are, they do not substitute for brushing or flossing.  Besides, sealants won’t protect you from having bad breath, but brushing and flossing will.

When You Need to Wear a Mouthguard

If you are a participant in contact sports or simply enjoy active interests such as skateboarding, snowboarding, or in-line skating, an unexpected fall could be very damaging to your teeth.  While they do feel funny and it might require a period of time for them to feel comfortable, wearing a mouthguard could make the difference in whether a fall causes you to lose a tooth or maybe even some teeth.

Like packing in a shipping box, a mouthguard reduces the shock of a sudden forceful blow to the face and mouth.  In some cases, your mouthguard may prevent you from actually breaking your jaw.  See Dr. Gehrig, and share with him the activities in which you participate, and he will be able to advise you as to which one would be best for your activity level.

 

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