As we approach Thanksgiving this year, my family and I started our list of 30 Days of Thanks. While good healthy teeth have not made the list yet, they should. Healthy teeth are something that some take for granted. So in honor of Thanksgiving this month, I have decided to provide tips on taking care of those healthy teeth for which we should all be thankful.
- Brushing– At least twice a day. Did you know that if you do not brush at bedtime the food remnants from the entire day remain and the bacteria have a party while you are sleeping? This is due to the fact that while sleeping; our saliva production slows drastically, leaving the teeth dry, sticky, and more prone to cavity production. Use a soft bristled brush and turn it 45 degrees toward the gums, using a small circular pattern.
- Flossing– At least once a day. Best to be done at bedtime, right before brushing. Good ole’ string floss is best. Advancements in technology and gadgets are usually great, but when it comes to floss the newer floss gadgets and not beneficial and actually can be harmful. The floss on these is so tight that it can be difficult to use without getting the floss stuck. Tugging can break fillings, loosen crown, etc. I would throw these out and avoid these gadgets all together!
- Mouth wash– Best to use an antibacterial rinse that can help to fight the overall level of bacterial and not just one that freshens the breath by masking the odors with a mint smell. The best on the market is Smart Mouth. It is powered by Zinc and can be used twice a day after brushing. It is great for the breath and gums.
- Dentist visits– At least twice a year. Your dentist can aid in prevention if you visit frequently. Don’t wait for pain; at that point prevention is no longer an option!
- Water-drink more of it!!! Avoid the sugary and acidic drinks. Did you know that anything you put in your mouth besides water causes your pH level to drop and it takes your body 20-30 minutes to neutralize the mouth? In acidic levels we are set for destruction. What this means is that each time you take another sip that 20-30 minute time starts all over again. If you sip all day, you will be at a much higher risk for cavities. Sip on water to protect those teeth, but do not add in the flavors to sip……that will defeat the purpose of the water sipping, because they too can be acidic!
Thanks for visiting my blog! Hope you enjoy the Thanksgiving season with your family and friends! Remember to take time to stop and think about all of which you are thankful….including those pearly whites!