We surveyed more than 300 of its dental members to uncover the impact of the economic crisis on dental care. Half of them believe that their patients are depriving themselves of care, and more than 40% of dentists think that preventive visits are decreasing. Even though regular visits to the dentist play a big part in the overall treatment, here are 10 tips for doing well to the teeth and the wallet.

Taking your teeth right now can indeed prevent expensive care in the future.

  1. Drink a lot of water. Rinse your mouth with water between meals, especially after consuming sodas, wine or coffee, which stains your teeth. Water also helps to avoid bad breath. Tap water is recommended because the minerals it contains are not found in mineral waters.
  2. Eat a piece of cheese. At the end of the meal, a piece of cheese can help neutralize odors.
  3. Eat chewing gum without sugar. Chewing gum increases the production of saliva, which can neutralize and wash the acid plates. Mouth teeth with mineral salts such as calcium, phosphate, and fluorine, also protect against cavities.
  4. Waiting to brush your teeth after drinking acidic beverages. Those who consume a lot of acidic beverages, such as orange juice or soda, should wait at least 20 minutes before brushing their teeth. Instead of brushing your teeth right away, it’s better to drink water and eat sugar-free chewing gums to activate saliva and get rid of acids that can damage the enamel.
  5. Rinse mouth with hydrogenated water. A little hydrogenated water mixed with water can give an excellent mouthwash after brushing the teeth. By cons, better not to swallow!
  6. Brush your teeth with baking soda. This abrasive substance can clean like toothpaste. Apply a light dose on a wet toothbrush,
  7. Use a straw. Drinking sodas and coffee with a straw can help minimize contact between teeth and these staining liquids.
  8. Soften his toothbrush. Sensitive teeth can be soothed by washing the bristles of the toothbrush with warm water just before washing their teeth.
  9. Avoid sugars and starch. Sugar and starchy foods nourish the oral bacteria responsible for rotting. And sweets are not the only problem: a handful of them can play a harmful role as candy and as oral bacteria.
  10. Brush your teeth and use dental floss. This may seem obvious, but dental diseases start because of food and drink residues. Using dental floss once a day, preferably before brushing teeth, is recommended. Using dental floss twice a day and preferably after each meal is even more recommended.