Last week my dentist found a cavity in my molar. Not a big one, but it came as a surprise to me. Took the peace and joy right out of my day! For the last 15 years I haven’t had any problems because I’ve been taking such good care. But now I’ve made an appointment to have my tooth drilled and filled next week.
Even when we take the best care of ourselves, our bodies age and new problems crop up. There is no prevention for getting older. The body deteriorates and there’s no point pretending otherwise. But we should do all we can to delay the inevitable and prevent unnecessary damage. It’ll bring your health bill down, too!
Here are ten great ways you keep your teeth as healthy as possible. If you’re not sure where to start or this seems like an overwhelming list, start at the first one.
- Go to the dentist every six months and follow their advice. If you do nothing else different, this twice-yearly reminder will remind you and reset your habits (for a little while, at least).
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
- Drink alcohol in moderation.
- Drink water right after eating.
- Drink through a straw.
- Wait to brush 30 minutes after taking acidic food or drink.
- Don’t snack between meals.
- Brush, floss and flouride-rinse daily.
- Limit acidic foods and drinks, and don’t hold or swish them in your mouth.
- Eat a healthy diet. We all know what that is, so I won’t go into details here!
Update: I discovered two more:
- Use plaque-disclosing tablets every other month after you brush and floss. This’ll keep you doing the job correctly.
- Mind your face. Bumps, knocks and hits can break teeth, even at the root.