Would you like to reduce your cavity risk? Follow these oral health care tips offered by Ukranian Village, IL, dentist Dr. Tariq Riyal of Miswak Dentistry.
Brush up on brushing basics
Keep your smile strong and healthy by:
- Brushing twice every day
- Flossing once each day
- Choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Replacing your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles become worn or splayed
- Brushing for at least two minutes
Don't forget about your tongue
Think your mouth is clean because you just brushed your teeth? Unfortunately, it won't stay that way if you don't brush your tongue. Bacteria lurking on the surface of your tongue will quickly move over to your teeth if you don't take a few seconds to brush your tongue too. Some people avoid tongue brushing because it can cause gagging. Tongue scrapers, available at drugstores, are easier to control precisely and won't cause that gagging sensation.
Keep your teeth away from hard foods and objects
Avoid cracks or fractures in your teeth by avoiding hard foods, including some types of nuts and thick, hard pretzels. Reach for the scissors instead of using your teeth to open packages. Your teeth weren't designed to function as tools and can break if they're subjected to intense pressure.
Choose healthy foods
Foods high in calcium, such as dairy products, broccoli and spinach, help keep your bones and teeth strong. Limit acidic drinks that can damage tooth enamel, such as soda and lemonade. Milk or water are better options if you want to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Schedule regular dental appointments
Visit our Ukranian Village office very six months for an exam and cleaning. Cleaning removes plaque and tartar that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Regular visits help ensure that any dental issues you do develop are treated promptly before they can become major issues.
Protect your teeth with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. Call Ukranian Village, IL, dentist Dr. Tariq Riyal of Miswak Dentistry at (773) 661-0330 to schedule your next appointment.