I have good teeth.
Not because I have always taken care of my teeth. Not because I have always avoided sugary foods.
I wish I could say that is why I have good teeth, but the truth is my good teeth has more to do with genetics than good oral hygiene.
How else can you explain not having any cavities until I was 50 years old, and it was a small one at that.
It has to be genetics because I drank sugary sodas at every meal except breakfast. Cookies and cake are two of my favorite foods. I love my chocolate chip cookies and seven-layer chocolate cake with icing.
I always knew that sugar helps cause cavities, but it never affected my teeth. I did have a defective tooth. It is between my left front tooth and my left incisor. I like my defective tooth, and it bothers me that every time I have a new dental hygienist I am asked if I want to fix it with some bonding agent. I think it gives me character.
But just because I have strong teeth does not mean I am immune to dental problems.
I already have some gum recession and tooth sensitivity. I am trying to floss regularly and I do use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. It helps.
I also grind my teeth. Because I go to the dentists regularly one of my dentists put a polymer on the top of my teeth to resist the damage that grinding causes. Of course, it did not help prevent me from cracking my back left molar. I lost that tooth, but before I did I have to tell you that tooth pain is bad, really bad. Worse than back pain.
Once the dentist determined the tooth had to be pulled, I got it removed, and eventually went to another dentist to have a dental implant. Since it is the back tooth, I did not get a porcelain cap for the implant. They can break. I got a metal tooth which will never break.
Now,I just concern myself with brushing and flossing my teeth. When you floss your teeth you should keep the floss tight against the tooth to help it scrape the plaque. You also should brush your teeth regularly in the morning, after lunch and before you go to sleep.
One tip I have learned that you don’t have to brush with toothpaste all the time. If you are using a fluoride toothpaste, it can discolor your teeth if you brush too often. Also, the toothpaste helps make your mouth feel fresh, but it is the brushing of your teeth with the bristles that cleans your teeth. You can, if you want, just brush in the morning with water and a soft brush. Use a fluoride mouthwash to kill the bacteria and make your mouth feel fresh.
So, brush and floss your teeth regularly, use a mouthwash and visit your dentist regularly. If you follow these simple guidelines, you are doing what you can to keep your teeth healthy. One final word of caution: bad oral hygiene can lead to other health issues. So taking care of your teeth is just another way of taking care your health.