Would you like to avoid hearing the words, "You have a cavity"? A good oral hygiene routine is the simplest way to keep tooth decay from harming your teeth. Our Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Brandon Huang of New York Dental Studio, shares a few ways you can keep your teeth healthy.
Use toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride
Acids are produced when plaque on your teeth combines with sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods. Although your tooth enamel is tough, it's no match for the strong acids. They begin to eat away at your tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. Fluoride, an ingredient in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, repairs weak spots on the enamel, making it less likely that you'll develop a cavity.
Most toothpastes sold in midtown Manhattan stores contain fluoride, although natural or herbal varieties usually are fluoride-free. Luckily, it's easy to quickly identify which products contain fluoride simply by looking for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal. Every product that meets ADA requirements must contain fluoride. The ADA doesn't evaluate mouthwashes. A quick look at the label or list of ingredients will let you know if the product contains fluoride.
Don't forget to brush and floss
We all know that brushing twice a day is important, but when life gets busy, it's easy to forget to brush. Brushing not only keeps your breath fresh and removes stuck-on food particles, but also gets rid of plaque. When plaque isn't removed from your teeth promptly, your cavity risk rises.
It's not always easy to convince children to brush. Most kids need supervision and a little help until they're about 7. Toothbrushes that feature favorite cartoon characters or play music can make brushing more appealing to young children.
Brushing removes a significant portion of the plaque on your teeth, but can't get rid of all of it. Flossing once day eliminates plaque that forms between teeth.
Visit the dentist every six months
Removing every speck of plaque from your teeth isn't always easy, particularly if your teeth are crooked or overlap. When you visit our office every six months, you'll receive a thorough cleaning that will get rid of plaque in hard-to-reach places. Professional cleanings also remove tartar, the hard substance that develops when plaque isn't removed soon enough. Tartar is responsible for gum disease.
Is it time for your next visit? Call our Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. Huang of New York Dental Studio, at (212) 588-1809 to schedule an appointment.