DENTAL TIPS FOR ADULTS
You should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.
Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become worn or frayed.
Oral irrigators are used as an aid for people with braces or fixed partial dentures, they should not replace regular brushing or flossing.
If you experience pain or sore muscles in the jaw joint area (in front of your ears) or even headaches, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep. Speak to your dentist about being fitted for a night guard, which will protect your teeth and the joint area.
Gums should not bleed upon brushing. This is an indication of periodontal disease. Your dentist should do a thorough exam to evaluate the extent of the disease and prescribe an appropriate regimen.
Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride. Fluoride mouth rinses strengthen the teeth and can help prevent decay at all ages.
Consume plenty of calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones.
Avoid sticky sweets, such as taffies, toffees, soft candies and pastries. These types of foods stick to your teeth and feed decay-causing bacteria. When you do eat sweets, eat them after a meal. When candies are eaten alone, they are more likely to remain stuck between your teeth.
Do eat crunchy foods that naturally clean the teeth (apples, carrots, and other raw vegetables) and foods with ample vitamin C, like citrus fruits and broccoli.
Be aware that excessive amounts of coffee, tea, red wine and other beverages can stain your teeth.
Don’t chew on ice, popcorn kernels, lollipops or other hard foods. Doing so can crack or otherwise damage your teeth or restorations.
If you can’t brush your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water.
If you wear removable appliances, clean them after eating and rinse before replacing them in your mouth.