Sipping, Snacking and Decay

Do you feel empty-handed without a soft drink to sip on during the day? Do you use breath mints or eat candy frequently throughout the day? Instead of eating meals, do you snack all day? After a workout, do you have a sports drink to recover?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be increasing your chances of tooth decay.

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Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums

A toothbrush is an important tool in the fight against tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Your toothbrush helps remove food particles and plaque, the thin sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with regular brushing and cleaning between the teeth, it can harden into calculus, also called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a professional cleaning in a dental office.

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Flossing Best Practices

It’s always a smart choice to make flossing part of your oral care routine. It is one of the best ways to take care of your teeth at any age. However, it takes a little practice to floss effectively. Here are some tips to help.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride is essential, but toothbrush bristles cannot always reach the spaces between teeth. These spaces trap bits of food and plaque, a sticky film of decay-causing bacteria.

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