Here at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, we want your teeth to last a lifetime! Tooth enamel is one of the hardest parts of the body, but it is non-renewable so it is important not to not neglect or abuse our teeth. Daily teeth and gum care is the best way to protect tooth enamel.
Even though every Mt. Vernon drug store carries hard bristle brushes, we recommend brushing with a soft brush after every meal to gently brush away acid. Scrub too hard, and you can erode enamel. It is ideal to brush immediately after eating, but brushing within 60 minutes of a meal has benefits. The quicker you remove food from your teeth, the better it is for your enamel.
Flossing regularly is also important to keep gums healthy. Whether the food is on tooth surfaces, or hidden in between, it is not doing your enamel any good.
Dr. James Geren recommends a checkup and thorough family dentistry cleaning every six months. Our skilled hygienists remove tartar, a substance that attracts plaque to the surface of the teeth and can weaken the teeth’s structures. Regular checkups prevent problems and save you money on expensive restorative dentistry procedures down the road.
Remember: don’t use your teeth for opening packages! Keep scissors and bottle openers handy. At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, we see damaged teeth and dental work (such as dental crowns) as a result of patients using their teeth as tools. Biting down on something too hard, like ice or hard candy can also damage enamel.
Attention Alexandria and Mt. Vernon athletes: be sure to use a mouthguard for team, contact, and recreational sports.
Teeth grinding is also a common dental threat. Be careful not to grind teeth, this can not only wear away enamel but also pave ways for cavities to get in. If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, make an appointment to be fitted for a night guard. Your enamel will thank you.
Lastly, remember: drink water. Coffee, sports drinks, soda, wine, and tea all contain a lot of acid or sugar, and in some cases both. Cut back, or at least use a straw. These drinks cause a lot of tooth decay for non-water drinkers in the Mt. Vernon area.
We hope you find these Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry tips helpful. For more information on dental care, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Alexandria cosmetic dentistry office today at 703-360-5881!
Dr. James Geren
Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry