Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ten Ways To Keep Your Teeth For Life

Most people want to keep their teeth for life. Teeth are not only important for chewing our food to initiate the digestive process. Teeth are also important for overall health and well being. Having teeth can also benefit your pocketbook and your love life. The power of a smile is immense.

Here are ten things (in no particular order) to consider if you want to keep your teeth for life:

10. Brush

This is obviously an important factor. If possible, use an electric toothbrush. It will clean plaque off of teeth more efficiently while at the same time being gentler on the gums and teeth.

9. Floss

If you don't floss, you're only cleaning part of your teeth. Floss the ones you want to keep.

8. Frequent hygiene

Brushing and flossing is only part of the battle. It is vitally important that good oral hygiene is performed frequently. Preferably after each meal, after awakening and prior to bed.

7. Keep sugary snacks down to a minimum

I'm not suggesting that you not eat any sugary snacks, but keeping it to a minimum will improve your chances of keeping your teeth.

6. Visit your dentist regularly

Visit your dentist regularly so that you can catch problems earlier. The sooner you address any problems, the better off you'll be from an oral health perspective; and from a financial perspective.

5. Wear an athletic mouthguard when participating in contact sports

Many teeth are lost unnecessarily every year in athletic events. Even sports that are not considered contact sports such as basketball cause a tooth to be knocked out. Wear the athletic mouthguard if you value your teeth.

4. Maintain good overall health

There are many oral manifestations that are evident in many diseases. Poor overall health will oftentimes lead to poor oral health. For example, diabetics tend to have a higher incidence of periodontitis.

3. Avoid bad oral habits

Habits such as chewing ice or biting on fingernails will increase the chances of early tooth loss.

2. Do not smoke

Smokers tend to have a significantly higher incidence  and severity of oral diseases.

1. You must really care about keeping them

This is probably the most important factor. If your teeth are not a priority and are not that important to you, then you will likely not even worry about the previous nine ways to keep your teeth.

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit

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