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If you've been noticing problems with your teeth, it's time to get proactive with preventative dentistry measures. Seeing your dentist twice a year, and brushing and flossing at least twice are day are two of the most important aspects of preventative dental care. However, there are steps you can take to go beyond that protection. Here are four additional steps you can take to protect your teeth.
Increase Your Dental Visits
If you have soft enamel, or have a family history of poor dental health, seeing your dentist twice a year is actually the bare minimum. For maximum protection under those conditions, you should actually be seeing your dentist more often, especially where the cleanings are concerned. Having your teeth professionally cleaned at least three times a year can get rid of the plaque buildup that could be destroying your teeth.
Sleep With Your Mouth Closed
If you typically sleep with your mouth open, you could be causing serious damage to your teeth. When you sleep with your mouth open, you prevent your body from producing adequate saliva during the night. Not only that, but the saliva that you do produce can't be used effectively. You might not know this but your body uses saliva to wash away plaque and form a protective coating around your teeth. To help you sleep with your mouth closed, invest in sinus strips. Opening your sinuses can help increase your ability to close your mouth during sleep.
Invest in a Custom Mouthguard
If you grind your teeth at night, it's time to invest in a custom mouthguard. Grinding your teeth can wear away at your enamel. Once the enamel is destroyed, your teeth are more susceptible to decay, cavities, and even breakage. Wearing the mouth guard while you sleep will prevent you from grinding your teeth, which will help prevent tooth damage.
Cut Back on Between-Meal Snacks
If you enjoy a wide assortment of between-meal snacks throughout the day, it's time to cut back, especially if those snacks aren't followed by brushing and flossing. All the extra snacks can cause plaque and bacteria to build up between your teeth. Not only that, but the added exposure to sugary drinks and starchy snacks increases your risk for cavities and decay. The best way to protect your teeth is to cut back on the between-meal snacks. If you must snack, reach for teeth-healthy choices such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Be sure to increase your brushing and flossing as well.