Your smile is faced with many obstacles each day, including threats from sugar, acid, and carbohydrates. Another obstacle is a fast-paced lifestyle, whether you believe it or not. In fact, a fast-paced lifestyle can harm your teeth and gums more than you might realize. This is why our dentist, Dr. Douglas Wheelock, strongly encourages you to take good care of your smile each day while you run your errands and complete your “To-Do” lists.
A fast-paced life is detrimental to the smile because you often have no time to eat solid meals that are healthy for your teeth and gums. You usually only have time to grab a quick protein bar and soda in the vending machine or at the gas station. These foods contain a lot of sugar, carbohydrates, and acid, which are all substances that promote dental issues, specifically enamel erosion and tooth decay. So, it’s important to eat solid, tooth-healthy meals and snacks as often as possible. You can make this easier by preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals before you go to bed the night before your busy day or by budgeting time out of your day to eat. All in all, it’s better to eat tooth-healthy things like dairy products, fruits, and vegetables.
With a life like this, it’s important to expose your teeth to fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens your tooth enamel and gives it the ability to survive. You can increase fluoride exposure by brushing with fluoride toothpaste, receiving a professional fluoride treatment every six months, rinsing with fluoride mouthwash, and drinking plenty of tap water. You can also place fluoride toothpaste along the edge of your teeth and gums before you fall asleep each night. All you need to do is let the toothpaste soak into your chompers while you rest.
Call Wheelock & Associates Dentistry today at 712-274-2038 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to have a top-notch smile while you have a fast-paced life in Sioux City, Iowa. The more you know, the better, and our dental team is excited to help you!