Use a Night Guard if You Clench/ Grind
If you notice or have been told that you clench or grind your teeth at night, it is important to use a nightguard to protect your teeth and jaw from wear. A night guard takes the pressure off your teeth and absorbs it, acting as a cushion. The signs and symptoms of clenching/ grinding are sensitive or sore teeth, headache in the morning, sore muscles in the neck and face, wear spots on the teeth and gum recession.
Use a Salivary Substitute if You Experience Dry Mouth
If you notice you have a constantly dry mouth and are not producing enough saliva, it is essential to use a salivary substitute. Dry mouth can be caused by a variety of reasons, including certain medications, medical conditions, radiation/ chemotherapy and lifestyle choices. Salivary substitutes help to increase salivary flow. Salivary substitutes may come in gum, lozenge or mouthwash form.
Don’t Open Packages with Your Teeth
Opening packages with your teeth are too abrasive on your teeth and may lead to chips, fractures and breakage. In much the same way, do not bite or chew on ice.
Use a Sports Guard for Contact Sports
If you play a contact sport such as hockey, lacrosse or basketball, it is essential always to wear a sports guard to protect your teeth and mouth from injury. Contact sports can lead to tooth exfoliation, chips, fractures and breakage. A sports guard helps to protect the teeth by acting as a cushion to possible trauma.
Use Fluoride Everyday
Fluoride is a naturally occurring ingredient that is added to most toothpaste and some mouthwash. It helps prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel of your teeth to prevent the penetration of harmful acids and bacteria. Make sure not to rinse your mouth, eat or drink for 30 minutes after using fluoride for the best results.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Sugar is the main ingredient that leads to cavities. In your mouth, sugar is converted into harmful acids that can penetrate your teeth and lead to tooth decay. Try to reduce your sugar intake, especially sugars that are gummy, chewy and sticky, that get caught in your teeth because they extend the exposure time.
Don’t Use a Mouthwash with Alcohol
A mouthwash containing alcohol will actually dry your mouth out, potentially leading to more tartar build-up. Try to select a mouthwash without alcohol.
If you have any questions about how to protect your teeth, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.