Tips for Preventing Oral Health Problems

Tips for Preventing Oral Health Problems

Many dental health problems are entirely preventable with good daily dental care and regular professional cleanings and exams. Brushing after meals or at least two times a day, flossing, a healthy diet and regular dental appointments all play starring roles in a Hollywood smile.

Sensitive teeth often become more common with age, but they donít have to. Teeth can frequently become sensitive due to receding gums or thinning enamel. Proper brushing and flossing can help you avoid both. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste every time you brush, and brush in small circles rather than side-to-side. If you are already experiencing sensitivity, talk to our dentist about toothpastes made especially for sensitive teeth.

Tooth decay is another common problem that affects people of all ages. Plaque, a colorless, sticky biofilm, accumulates on teeth and creates a home for bacteria. Acidic byproducts from the bacteria then attack the teeth, which causes damage to the delicate enamel. Avoid sugary or acidic foods, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to avoid dental decay.

Finally, bad breath may not usually strike you as a dental health issue, but if you have chronic bad breath, it might be time to schedule a visit with our dentist. Occasional bad breath due to strong-smelling foods is normal, but chronic bad breath can be an indication of dental disease, such as gum disease. Brush and floss regularly, and use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help remove extra bacteria.

Learn more about how you can protect your dental health by scheduling a consultation with Los Angeles dentist, Bijan Afar DDS.