Things You Should Know About Your Dental Health (But Probably Don’t)

Smiling girl in hat You’ve got enough going on in your life without worrying about your teeth – but healthy teeth and gums are an important part of staying healthy overall. Here is a list of things that you should be doing – or that you should stop doing – to keep your teeth in tip-top shape.

You might be brushing too hard

Some people assume that the harder they brush the better. However, aggressive brushing can lead to pain and bleeding gums (which is always a sign of serious problems). Make an effort to brush without applying too much pressure.

Medication can affect your dental health

If you have noticed changes in your mouth, such as a lack of saliva, it may be because of a new medication you are taking. Let your dentist know about any new medications you have been prescribed and any changes you have noticed.

You might be allergic to your toothpaste

It might surprise you to find that some people are, in fact, allergic to toothpaste. A toothpaste allergy will create a burning sensation on the inside of the cheeks or there may even be tissue that seems to be “peeling” off. Try a natural toothpaste from a health food store if you think you might have an allergy.

Fruit juice is bad for teeth

It may seem like a great idea to drink fruit juice, especially if you choose fruit juice instead of soft drinks. However, although fruit juice can be great for your body it can also be very bad for the enamel on your teeth.

It does make a difference when you take good care of your teeth

You might think it doesn’t matter if you don’t brush thoroughly or if you forget to floss more often than not, but it does. Taking care of your teeth every day really doesn’t take very long, and the benefits are enormous – having healthy teeth will save you pain, time, and money in the long run.

Another important part of taking care of your teeth is visiting your dentist for checkups or whenever you are having a problem. Call Soft Touch Dentistry for an appointment today, at the Brighton office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton office at (617) 332-8146.

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