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Tips for a Healthy Smile

Dietary Tips

 

  • Avoid eating too much sugar and drinking sugary drinks such as sodas, sweetened teas, or fruit juices.

  • Nuts and dairy foods such as cheese and milk are good dietary choices that help strengthen enamel because of the calcium and vitamins they provide.

  • Chewing sugarless gum after a meal is a good way to substitute brushing between meal as it can help remove particles from between your teeth. Bet you had not heard that before. Remember, sugarless gum!

  • Snacking between meals should be limited. If you choose to snack, try to eat healthy foods without sugar.

  • Some acidic foods and drink can promote tooth decay and enamel wear. Be sure to brush after consuming acidic foods and drink. 

  • Vitamin deficiency can cause tooth decay and oral disease. Make sure you are getting enough of essential vitamins such as B and calcium and other essential vitamins as well.

  • Never give children anything to drink in bed at night in a bottle or "sippie" cup except water. Anything else, no matter how wholesome it may be otherwise, can lead to serious tooth decay. Ask your dentist for details. 

Brushing and Flossing
 
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and, if possible, brush after meals.  Be sure that one of the times you brush is before going to bed.

  • When you brush, don't rush! Take enough time to do a thorough job.

  • How long should you brush? Two minutes is the minimum.

  • Brush your tongue every time. Why? Because that's where bacteria like to hide. Not to mention the fact that brushing your tongue improves your breath. No kidding, it's true!

  • Use a fluoride toothpaste, especially if you do not live in a town or city that provides fluoridated water. Why use a fluoride toothpaste? Because it is proven to prevent cavities better than non-fluoride.

  • Practice good brushing technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions.

  • Floss: it's the only string attached to good dental health. Brushing your teeth without flossing is like taking a shower and only washing under one arm. You cannot reach the tight spaces between your teeth or under your gum line with a toothbrush. Flossing, it could save your life! That's right, flossing can remove bacteria known to cause heart disease. Flossing aids good breath! Try mint flavored. 

  • Use an antimicrobial or antiseptic mouth rinse to help reduce plaque between your teeth.

Teeth are For Life

 

  • Getting regular teeth cleanings and checkups at your dentist's office is recommended. This is the ideal.

  • Replace your toothbrush at least every 6 months or more frequently if affordable.

  • Children between one and two years old should begin visiting a dentist regularly to check for any potential problems and begin a lifetime of healthy oral care. 

  • Avoid chewing tobacco or smoking to help ensure gum, mouth, and teeth health for life.