• If you experience pain
or sore muscles in the jaw joint area (in front of your
ears) or even headaches, you may be grinding or clenching
your teeth in your sleep. Speak to your dentist about being
fitted for a night guard, which will protect your teeth
and the joint area.
• Gums should not bleed upon brushing.
This is an indication of periodontal disease. Your dentist
should do a thorough exam to evaluate the extent of the
disease and prescribe an appropriate regimen.
• Use a mouthwash that contains
fluoride. Fluoride mouthrinses strengthen the teeth and
can help prevent decay at all ages.
• Consume plenty of calcium-rich
foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium
is essential for strong teeth and bones.
• Don’t chew on ice, popcorn
kernels, lollipops or other hard foods; doing so can crack
or otherwise damage your teeth or restorations.
• If you can’t brush your
teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water.