Dental Ten Commandments
Preserving Teeth for a Lifetime is Possible in this Day and Age.
Here is What You Need to Know:
1. BRUSH AND FLOSS DAILY. TWO MINUTES ON TOP AND TWO MINUTES ON THE BOTTOM. Most dental disease is caused by the bacteria (mouth dust) that live in our mouths and collect on our tooth surfaces. Tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss around the roots of teeth is caused by this bacteria.
2. DON’T FEED THE BACTERIA TOO OFTEN. Keeping caloric things (e.g. candy, ginger ale, coffee, or tea with sugar etc.) in the mouth too frequently during the day will increase your rate of tooth decay. Water is the safest as if has no calories. Remember as long as you have teeth you are in your cavity prone years.
3. WATCH CHANGES IN EATING OR DRINKING HABITS THAT WOULD INCREASE HOW OFTEN YOU FEED THE BACTERIA.
4. DON’T CHEW ICE. DON’T USE YOUR TEETH AS TOOLS. Don’t open packages, don’t bite fingernails and don’t crack unpopped popcorn kernels etc. with your teeth.
5. WEAR SEATBELTS.
6. FOR SPORTS WHERE YOU CAN GET HIT IN THE MOUTH, WEAR A MOUTHGUARD (e.g. basketball, soccer, football, hockey etc )
7. DON’T GRIND OR CLENCH YOUR TEETH. Teeth are not meant to touch. So consciously keep them apart. This will prevent toothwear and some head and neck pain. Consider a stock or custom nightguard. Most importantly, evaluate your spiritual life, as this is the ultimate source of inner peace.
8. DON’T THROW UP AS A METHOD OF WEIGHT CONTROL. Stomach acid can destroy tooth structure very quickly. If you do throw up rinse your mouth out with water to dilute the acid.
9. KEEP REGULARLY SCHEDULE HYGIENE AND EXAMINATION VISITS. Frequency will vary from every six to every three months depending on the present state of your dental health, your past dental history and how religious you are in daily brushing and flossing.
10. DON’T PUT BABIES TO SLEEP WITH JUICE OR MILK BOTTLES IN THEIR MOUTHS. It will quickly result in what is known as “baby bottle decay”. Breastfeeding mothers should also be careful not to fall asleep, together with baby while breastfeeding. This results in what has now been called “breadtfeeding caries”.