Sometimes, even though you’re fairly certain you’re taking exceptional care of your smile, you notice that things aren’t going exceptionally well. Why isn’t your hygiene and your attention to seeing us for professional oral health care quite enough, you ask? Well, there are possibly some things you’re doing throughout the day that don’t bode well for protecting your smile. Fortunately, our Ankeny, IA team can walk you through a long list of habits you may not even realize you’re performing that can make or (literally) break your teeth and more. Ready for a quick dose of reality? It will certainly help keep you right on track!
Curb The Caffeine
You may love caffeinated drinks but you probably love protecting your oral health even more. Do you need to totally give up caffeine, you ask? Well, it all depends on your unique needs! If you’re highly sensitive to it or think you’ve just gone a bit overboard, reel it in. Remember that caffeine can promote and make worse bruxism disorder, which can aggravate TMJ disorder. Of course, if you’re drinking sodas, coffee, or tea, this can also damage enamel and leave stains!
Switch To Water For A While
Make things easy on your oral health. Switch to water for a while. When you’re avoiding damaging and/or staining beverages (which includes nearly everything other than milk or water, such as tea, coffee, juice, smoothies, tea, and more), you’re giving your mouth a rest. It helps promote a neutral environment, which helps keep teeth strong.
Ease Up: Soften Your Food Selection
Need some simple help with figuring out what to eat, what to skip, and what’s sort of okay? Your dental checkups give you time to ask us lots of questions, including about nutrition and choices regarding your smile protection. Generally speaking, we always suggest patients remain careful with foods that can lead to problems like broken or cracked teeth, erosion, damaged dental work, and even abraded gum tissue. If you’re gobbling down lots of extremely hard, rough, crunchy foods, it may be time for a quick detour toward stuff that’s easy on your smile.
Protect Your Smile With Easy Changes
Ask us for help if you find that though you care for your smile, you think you need additional tips for protecting teeth and gums. We’re happy to help! Visit us for a dental checkup in Ankeny, IA by contacting Dental Impressions to schedule a visit at (515) 965-0230.