No two mouths are alike, and neither are people’s oral health needs. However, Dr. Johnny Taylor, dentist in The Woodlands, recommends a few simple interventions which, when practiced every night, help everyone’s smiles thrive.
What’s Most Important to Oral Health?
Just as your primary care physician wants you to to exercise, maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress and eat a nutritious diet, your preventive dentist in The Woodlands advises a little oral health care each day, during the day and at night, too. These nocturnal practices keep your mouth free from:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Halitosis, or bad breath
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Snoring (and related sleep apnea)
Dr. Taylor really believes something grandma always says: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Essential Parts of Your Nightly Routine
Practice #1 Brush your teeth for two minutes with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste as recommended by the American Dental Association. Brushing removes sticky plaque formed from the starches we eat. Left unchecked, plaque hardens into tartar, and its harmful germs cause tooth decay and gum disease–both big culprits in tooth loss.
Practice #2 Floss your teeth using Y-shaped flossers, thick or thin floss, or a plain or flavored product. The choice is yours. Flossing removes dangerous plaque. It’s beneficial to floss right before bed so your mouth is at its cleanest while you sleep.
Practice #3 Drink a glass of water. Water moisturizes oral tissues, avoiding bad breath and dry mouth, or xerostomia, a contributor to tooth decay. Water also increases saliva production which naturally decreases at night. Also, you may choose to rinse with mouthwash to further reduce bacteria.
Practice #4 Wear a custom-made mouthguard to cushion your mouth if you grind your teeth. Also called bruxism, teeth grinding and clenching wears tooth enamel and restorations and also contributes to TMJ Disorder, a painful and destructive jaw joint problem.
Practice #5 Wear your customized snore guard if your primary care physician and dentist have diagnosed you with sleep apnea. This acrylic appliance holds your jaw in a more forward position as you sleep, opening the airway and reducing snoring.
Daytime Oral Health Care
To support nightly dental care, brush and floss during the day, too. Up your water intake, and eat a nutritious, low-carb diet. And, of course, get your semi-annual check-up and cleaning with Dr. Taylor and his team. He will:
- Check for decay and gum disease
- Take digital X-rays when required
- Assess the condition of existing crowns, fillings and other restorations
- Do a quick oral cancer screening
- Check tooth alignment, bite and jaw joint function
Listen to Your Dentist
Then, do what he recommends to keep your teeth bright and strong for a lifetime of great smiles. Contact Johnny Taylor DDS for your routine appointment today.