The more you know, the more you can start to feel like most things you put in your mouth are enemies of your tooth enamel and gums. While this may be true, the good news is that you can counteract the damage by following these steps to replace lost minerals, keep teeth strong and reverse damage brought about by germs.
TIP #1: Seal Your Teeth
Fluoride makes enamel stronger and sturdier and prevents teeth from decaying and developing cavities. Getting the dentist to seal your healthy teeth will provide a thin protective coating on them.
TIP #2: Floss at Least Once Daily
Flossing removes food particles and bacterial debris between the tooth and gum, making bacteria less likely to stick around and turn into hard tartar, which can only be removed by the dentist and professional dental tools.
TIP #3: Change Out Toothbrushes
Replace your toothbrush 3 to 4 times each year. Be sure to use soft-bristle brushes that are gentle on the teeth and gums and do not wear away enamel and gum tissue. Also consider an electric toothbrush that cleans teeth effectively without being too abrasive.
TIP #4: Rinse with Mouthwash
Rinsing can help dislodge food stuck on teeth or between the tooth and gum. Rinsing with a fluoride-fortified, anticavity mouthwash like LISTERINE® Total Care, LISTERINE® Teeth & Gum Defence or LISTERINE® Green Tea can help protect teeth.