Dental disease prevention advice from your Clearfield, Utah dentists
Flossing is a big part of dental disease prevention
A few quick tips about dental disease prevention
- Cutting back on your sugar intake, avoid eating raw lemons and crunching ice can help prevent the breakdown of the enamel and gum line.
- To prevent bad breath, brush your teeth AND your tongue
- Massage your gums – Stimulating the gums helps prevent receding gums, gum disease and cavities.
- Oral irrigation – Oral irrigation reaches under the gum line to extract food particles. Ask our doctors about this extra good feeling procedure.
- Sugar, acidity and fibrous foods are the enemies of your mouth. Brushing after meals is a great dental disease prevention.
Dental disease prevention… eat your veggies
Food for optimum dental disease prevention
- Vegetables – Your mom was right. Eat your vegetables. Vitamin A from carrots, sweet potato and broccoli help actually build tooth enamel and crunching vegetables help clean gums.
- Milk, cheese and yogurt – These foods are high in calcium and low in acidity. Acid is one of the biggest enemies of the teeth.
- Green tea – This type of tea has a polyphenal antioxidant plant compound that reduces plaque which is always a good thing.
- Onions – Would you believe it but this smelly root vegetable contains antibacterial sulfur compounds and kills various form of bacteria when eaten raw. Of course, you’ll want to brush after eating them but they’re great for you!
Dental disease prevention: Your mouth has a full time job
Your mouth is working overtime to create a build up of potential issues. Staying ahead of those issues and preventing dental disease takes just a little time out of your day.
Drs. Ron and Kent Scoville and Dr. Oberg offer some simple solutions that will help ensure you win the dental disease battle.
What you can do
Smoking adds layers of nicotine and other chemicals. Look at your ashtray, that stuff ends up on your teeth.
If you can’t quit smoking right now, brush and floss at least three times a day but don’t brush too harshly. Also step up your annual cleaning. But always work toward quitting smoking. It’s the best thing you can do for you dental and overall health.
Some patients have been successful in cutting back on the amount of cigarettes they smoke by brushing after a couple of cigarettes.
“Renew your vows to your mouth and prevent dental disease. Come see us for a cleaning.” — Dr. Ron Scoville