While it may be true that you are less likely to get a cavity now that you’re all grown up it is also a fact that adults are even more vulnerable to gum disease, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Tooth discoloration is another dental issue that many of us will face. The bottom line is that it’s important for adults to keep taking good care of their oral health.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to daily brushing and flossing. Set aside the time that is needed to do the job right, professionals recommend brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time. It may help to do it at the same time every day so that brushing and flossing becomes second nature.
Use the right tools and get the most out of them. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, clean it with tap water after every use and let it dry in the open air. Keep a few new brushes on hand for travel purposes. You can trust the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the dental products in your store.
Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses are not recommended for young children but they are definitely beneficial for the prevention of adult tooth decay. Most people have access to a fluoridated water supply straight from the tap but if you prefer bottled water be sure to check the label for fluoride content.
Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS will have more tips and recommendations for the proper care of your adult teeth. Call 703-777-5025 to make your appointment today.