Sadly, most people don’t find time or money to visit a dentist and care for their teeth and mouth.
Many people in this country wait until something really painful or scary happens before they attempt to spend money on their teeth.
Due to the scarcity of proper and affordable dental insurance, many people are left to suffer or get sick from infections because of their poor dental health. Whether they treated their teeth badly for years, or they have a genetic condition that makes their teeth bad, people deserve better.
This article provides some basic tips on how to care for your own dental health and (hopefully) avoid needing a dentist.
1. Drink water as often as possible. Sugary drinks are not good for your teeth, and acidic carbonated beverages are even worse for your teeth. It may make a significant difference to just cut back on beverages that wear off your enamel or cause other issues. Water is great for your teeth.
2. Brush your teeth more often when you eat or drink things that have lots of sugar or acid. You can reduce the damage from bad choices if you take the short time to stop and go brush your teeth. If you eat something that sticks to your teeth, take extra care and time to be sure you get it all out. Always brush your teeth at least once, if not multiple times per day. If you have healthy strong teeth and don’t eat sugar or acidic foods often, you may be able to just brush them once per day. Take your time, don’t miss any spots, and floss whenever you can.
3. Using a mouth rinse or mouth wash is a good idea. There are antimicrobial options available that have been proven to cut back on plaque. Rinsing with these after eating or brushing will help prevent cavities. Beware that using mouthwash too often can cause issues as well. Try to limit your use of them, and don’t skip brushing your teeth and just use mouth wash. That’s not going to help anything but the smell.
4. If you have a family history of dental issues, really think about why. Were your family members bad at dental hygiene? Did they eat and drink the foods that might have caused the problems? Did they smoke cigarettes, drink soda all day, choose not to brush often, and more? Sometimes, family history is a sign of bad family choices. If you take good care of your teeth, you may break the family curse of bad teeth. Do not give up on your mouth and teeth if you have a chance.
5. If you must see a dentist, don’t worry. There are some affordable options out there. You may qualify for free dental insurance through your state if you have low income or if you are disabled. Ask around, search the internet, and don’t give up trying. Some dental places are more affordable than others.
Even if your family does have an unfair history of weak teeth regardless of their choices, do not give up on your teeth. There are many things you can do to reduce the damage. However, this particular advice requires that you do see a dentist as often as you can. They can give you treatments and sealants that can keep your teeth strong for longer. Do what you can and keep smiling!