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Hygiene Tips

Rinse and Swish Your Mouth:

When you’re away from home, please take the time to rinse your mouth by swishing clean water over your teeth and gums. This practice is more important if you’ve had coffee, tea, or soda while on vacation.  However, a better method would be to avoid these beverages until you can clean your teeth properly.

Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Daily:

The act of chewing food provides exercise to the gums.  In fact, during our examinations, we can see discrepancies in the health of the mouth if one side has been used to chew food more often than the other.

Out With the Old:

If you have recovered from an illness recently such as the flu, please dispose of your toothbrush and buy a new unit.  Beyond this practice, you should replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head at least four times a year.

Flossing Tip:

Every adult should learn to make flossing a habit, and they should teach their children to floss habitually as well.  In fact, the average adult will save themselves over $1,000.00 a year in dental care if they floss regularly. So, if you can imagine someone paying you $1,000.00 extra per year to floss, then you’ll have the proper motivation to get it done.  

Choose Water:

Many of the sports and energy drinks manufactured these days contain ingredients that are acidic and harmful to enamel and dentin.  So, try to drink water whenever possible for stronger and healthier teeth. Since these drinks destroy tooth enamel over time, this tip is among the best we have to offer.

Flossing just got easier:

The Philips Sonicare Air Flosser is a convenient and sophisticated method of cleaning between teeth without making a mess.  Since the ADA recommends this device, we would encourage using it once per day. However, if you only have access to classical forms of floss, you should use them once per day a well.

Healthy Snacks:

Popcorn, cheese, ice cream, and nuts are not harmful to your teeth, provided that you brush your teeth after consuming them.  As for other snacks, be cautious of anything that is difficult to break open with your teeth, has too much sugar, or is sticky enough for your molars to become stuck within the food – like a caramel sucker.

Chewing Gum:

Try to buy gum that contains Xylitol.  This sugar substitute has been used since the time of the ancient Greeks, and it promotes stronger enamel while helping to release saliva that kills germs.

Fun Visits for Kids:

According to the ADA, these are the recommendations for children and their oral care:

  • When should they have their first checkup?  Around the age of one, a child should get an examination of their teeth.
  • How soon should regular visits begin?  After the age of one, a child should come to our office one a year.  However, if you notice any pain or swelling, we would like to see them much sooner.

Healthy Mouth, Happy Heart:

According to some medical studies, eliminating chronic inflammation in the mouth can help to prevent hardening of the arteries. There have been enough cases of gum disease and heart disease linked to strokes and heart attacks that doctors often advise heart patients to better care for their teeth.

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