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Our dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, and dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to take good care of your teeth and gums regularly. If you have a fast-paced lifestyle, this is even more important. Unfortunately, this lifestyle can harm your smile and alter your oral health more than you might realize. So, please do your best to keep your chompers and oral tissues in tip-top shape.

One of the main reasons why a fast-paced lifestyle is dangerous for the oral health is because you’re oftentimes too busy to sit down and have a decent meal. Because you’re running here and there, you only have time to grab a protein bar, muffin, and soda from the vending machine or gas station. This might seem convenient at the time, but the smile can reap the consequences. Usually the items you select in the vending machine or at the gas station are full of sugar and acid. These substances can wear away the tooth enamel and promote the development of cavities. As you can see, this can cause major dental issues. So, it’s best to plan or even make your meals ahead of time and include tooth-healthy foods and drinks in them. If you can’t, at least try to snack on fruits, vegetables, and dairy products more often.

Another tip is to strengthen your teeth with fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds your tooth enamel and makes it strong enough to survive. You can do this by brushing with fluoride toothpaste, rinsing with fluoride mouthwash, receiving a professional fluoride treatment every six months, and drinking plenty of tap water. You can also increase your fluoride exposure by placing fluoride toothpaste along the gumline before you head to bed each night. All you need to do is let the toothpaste soak into your chompers while you sleep.

To learn more about how to help your smile when you have a fast-paced lifestyle in Charlotte, North Carolina, please contact our dental team at Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA. We are more than happy to help you, and all you need to do is dial 704-523-7221!