If you skip brushing and flossing before bed more often than you care to admit, you are much more likely to have dental health issues. If you buy a large soda at the mini-mart near work on the way home and chomp on ice cubes for an hour in traffic, you are taking even more risks. There are many ways in which people play Russian roulette with their dental well-being. Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, designed to protect your teeth from decay. Second in strength only to diamonds, enamel can block bacteria and plaque from the sensitive and delicate inner tooth and root structures. Unfortunately, tooth enamel doesn’t regenerate, so North Richland Hills dentist, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler wants to remind you to break bad habits before your bad habits break your teeth.
Don’t Chew Objects that are Not Food
Tooth enamel may technically be harder than wooden pencils or plastic pens. However, acid can temporarily soften your enamel. If you eat sugary or high-carbohydrate foods, your teeth are more or less softer than they should be. When you chew on hard substances such as writing implements, or use teeth as a tool to open cans, bottles, or packages, softened enamel can become permanently damaged. If you would like to protect your teeth from decay, do everything in your power to keep your tooth enamel safe, strong, and healthy.
Avoid Periodontal Infections
Take heed when your dental hygienist or dentist reminds you to floss on a daily basis. This is one of the most commonly neglected dental habits. However, cleaning the spaces between teeth with dental floss provides oral hygiene in spots which your toothbrush cannot easily reach. The food particles that become stuck between your teeth and gums create an environment for bacteria and plaque to easily breed, leading to gingival inflammation and eventual tooth loss. Flossing prevents gum disease by removing food debris which can form into plaque.
Visit your North Richland Hills Dentist
Whether you want to restore the beauty and function of missing or compromised teeth or you’re simply looking for a dentist’s office to call home, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team are here for you. We focus on exceptional dentistry for adults, with a keen focus on highly esthetic restorations and the treatment of painful TMJ disorder. To schedule your next appointment, call our North Richland Hills dentist office at 817-918-3038. North Hills Dental proudly serves patients from across the Metroplex, including Fort Worth, Dallas, Denton, the Midcities, and Southlake.