Teeth for Life
Here at Farsley Dental, our ethos is very much, teeth should be for life. We’re confident that with the right oral health, care, and protection this is achievable. Of course, there are things that can be done to ensure that this is achievable, and maybe some you weren’t aware of!
Of course, it’s instilled in to us all from an early age that we need to brush our teeth thoroughly. In our mouths, we have four different types of teeth – each need different care.
Lateral Incisor – Used for biting and chewing. Cleaning the back of these teeth is just as important as cleaning the front.
Central Incisor – Used for biting and chewing too, clean the spaces between all of your teeth with floss or an interdental brush.
Canine – Perfect for ripping and tearing (although try not to use your teeth to bite through sellotape). When you’re brushing be careful not to scrub away at the gums above your canine, you could wear the gum away quite easily.
Premolar, molar and third molar – These teeth are the ones which do all the hard work, grinding and chewing your food. When you’re cleaning, them remember, imagine each tooth as a cube with four sides and top that all need cleaning!
Whilst the enamel on the outside of the teeth is the toughest part of the body, it is still vulnerable to an acid attack. The following tips can really help to keep your teeth in excellent condition.
Cheese – Cheese naturally neutralises, and the lactic acid and re-mineralises tooth enamel, repairing any damage done by an acid attack.
Water – Avoid sugary drinks and snacks between meals. It takes 20-30 for saliva to start neutralising any acid attack on your teeth.
Sugar Free Gum – Chewing sugar free gum can stimulate saliva production to help prevent any acid attack.
Clean your teeth last thing at night – When you’re asleep, your body produces less saliva, leading dirty teeth prone to an acid attack. Make sure to clean your teeth thoroughly before bed to reduce this.
Should you want to ensure that your teeth are protected for life, then do not hesitate to get in touch with the team here at Farsley Dental on 0113 263 2010. As a full service, Leeds based dental practice offering a comprehensive range of cosmetic and emergency dental services, will be more than happy to help.