According to the Australian Dental Association treating dental health as an ‘optional extra’ can lead to big problems later. The ADA recommends the following;
Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with small head and flexible neck. Replace your toothbrush every three months.
Make daily flossing part of your oral hygiene regime. Ask your dentist to demonstrate the correct flossing technique. Children should also start flossing as soon as they have two teeth that touch.
Sugar is the single biggest cause of tooth decay. Avoid fizzy drinks, fluoridated tap water is best. Read the ingredients on food labels and check the sugar.
Have regular dental check-ups. Visit your dentist at least once a year.
Use a mouthguard custom-fitted by a dentist, in any activity where collision or contact is likely, at both games and training. A single case of dental trauma could lead to a lifetime of dental treatment in order to maintain the tooth/teeth.