First of all, I begin and end my day with a glass of water. First thing in the morning, I fix a 24oz cup of ice water to drink while I get ready. Each morning, after breakfast, which usually consists of a protein shake, I brush my teeth for 2 minutes with my Sonicare toothbrush and rinse with Smart Mouth mouthwash for 30 sec.
Off I go for the day, but not to forget my trusted ice water. It is rare to catch me anywhere without it. I prefer a travel cup with a straw for easy access to my water all day long. Not only is this habit healthy for the body, but also helps to keep the mouth hydrated and washes away any food/ plaque during the day.
Depending on the day, I usually get the next brushing in after lunch with a sensitive soft manual toothbrush and again before I head out for any evening activities with the family.
Bedtime routine starts with good old string floss. Again I finish off a glass of ice water. Finally this is followed up by the last brushing of the day with the Sonicare and another 30 second swishing with Smart Mouth.
Now that you know my routine, let me explain why I do what I do……
Water is the only thing that can be consumed that has no negative effect on the teeth. I love water and how it makes me feel overall. Do I enjoy a good cup of coffee or iced tea once in awhile? Absolutely, but my trick is to drink water along with these other options and to use a straw to keep from coating the teeth with these dark drinks. You might get a funny look from your barista for asking for a straw with your hot coffee, but it is well worth it to save the teeth from staining. I do however draw the line with wine…I do not drink red wine through a straw.
Sonicare is by far the best toothbrush on the market. It uses the ultrasonic speed technology to push the fluid movement through the teeth, giving the best possible removal of food debris.
Smart Mouth rinse is powered by Zinc and provides advanced germ killing for anti-gingivitis and anti-plaque. It also freshens the breath for up to 12 hours. This eliminates the need for gum, which can wreak havoc on your TMJ.
Good old string floss, while it lacks the excitement of new technology, actually does a better job of removing plaque and is safer than the floss handles.
Until next time keep on smiling……