You’ve finally achieved the straighter, brighter smile you always dreamed of, and you’re loving how confident and happy you feel. Ensure you’ve got a beautiful smile that you can show proudly for years to come by employing simple oral healthcare.
Regular brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
Gently brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a brush with soft bristles. Small circular motions with short back-front motions are best. Be gentle along the gum line and practice softly brushing your tongue using the soft brush or a special tongue cleaner. An electric toothbrush is a good choice, especially for folks who find the arm and hand motions taxing.
Be sure to floss daily and plan regular dentist visits to maintain your new grin.
Flossing removes plaque that grows between your teeth and gums. Following these simple steps once a day will make a big difference in your dental health.
Follow the American Dental Association’s best practices:
Use 18” of floss, wrap around middle finger of one hand, leaving portion to wrap around middle finger of your other hand. Hold the string taut between thumb and forefinger and guide it between your teeth. At the gums, circle to follow the shape of your tooth, then gently move the floss up and down. Repeat with all teeth, refresh floss often and pay special attention to rear molars. Other tools available: Y-shaped flossers, interdental cleaners, small brushes and rubber tips. Waxed floss is good when teeth are close together. Bleeding may indicate gum disease. If it continues after several days, consult your professional.
Healthy eating is another step toward a healthy smile you’ll love. The American Dental Association offers the following tips for great oral health. Enjoy: cheese, chicken, meat, nuts, yogurt, crunchy or firm fruit and veggies like apples and pears. Eat citrus, tomatoes and lemons with a larger meal to reduce acids. Drink milk, fluoridated water and unsweetened tea.
Be sure to avoid too many cookies, cakes, bread, muffins, potato chips, pretzels, fries, bananas, raisins and dried fruit as well as hard candy, taffy, caramel, mints and lollipops. Limit soft drinks, lemonade and tea or coffee with sugar as well as honey, molasses, fructose, barley malt, cane sugar and rice syrup.
Surprise: Sugarless gum can be good. It increases saliva flow and helps dislodge food. Be sure to avoid if you have any jaw pain or other issues. Check back on our blog regularly for tips on dental care including brushing, flossing, and planning regular dentist and dental hygienist visits.
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