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The How To On Dental Hygiene From Dr. Jay

The How To On Dental Hygiene From Dr. Jay
 

  1. Maintaining your dental hygiene may seem like an easy task but it is an increasingly tough issue for all ages. As we age, remembering to complete simple dental routines tend to lapse. We’ve come up with these 8 tips to achieve healthy oral hygiene, and make it easier to maintain overall health. Lets start with the more well known habits we tend to forget.
  2. Brush twice a day with toothpaste containing fluoride. Fluoride strengthens enamel and helps teeth resist acids that lead to cavities. We brush to decrease the amount of bacterial load in our mouths to prevent disease, get rid of bad breath, etc… You would be surprised to learn that it’s not necessarily the frequency, rather the efficiency in which you brush your pearly whites. Dentists most commonly re teach patients how to brush teeth properly for the maximum impact. Since people don’t usually know how to properly do this, we stick with the twice a day rule.
  3. Floss, floss, floss!! Not only does flossing remove plaque from between teeth where the brush can’t reach, it also helps prevent gingivitis which can become irreversible. If flossing causes bleeding, then this may already be onset of gum disease-but don’t worry! With consistency this can discontinue in about two weeks. If flossing is beyond uncomfortable for you, try an oral irrigator.*
    Break up with your habit of smoking. Smoking causes a myriad of issues, dentists claim to be nightmares if gone on for too long. Though smoke stains are surface and and can be polished off by your dentist, some can soak deep into your enamel and stay there permanently. It inhabits healthy gums and can cause teeth to appear larger and have dark spaces between them, making your smile an Austin Powers look-alike and that is not so “groovy baby”.
  4. Make water your best friend- or at least one of them. Water is the healthiest drink for your body. It flushes out bad bacteria and replenishes your system with healthy nutrients. It does the same thing for your mouth! It flushes your teeth clean and discourages tooth decay
  5. Limit coffee, tea and red intake to avoid unwanted staining. Don’t give up your Friday evening glass of wine or Monday morning cup of joe, but reducing overall consumption of these liquids will be beneficial to your health and mouth hygiene. Try drinking these beverages through a straw to limit the amount of stains on your teeth and to reduce dreaded morning coffee breath.
  6. Diet is actually a key factor in oral hygiene.sticky and sugary foods can produce acids that lead to unwanted outcomes like decay and gum disease. Healthy foods like fruits and veggies are awesome for your teeth due to the increase in cleansing salvia, which gives your mouth a fresh feel.
  7. Diet is actually a key factor in oral hygiene.sticky and sugary foods can produce acids that lead to unwanted outcomes like decay and gum disease. Healthy foods like fruits and veggies are awesome for your teeth due to the increase in cleansing salvia, which gives your mouth a fresh feel. Fun fact- raw onions have powerful antibacterial properties and studies have shown that onions have wiped out four strains of bacteria that can cause gum disease.
  8. See your dental hygienist the recommended amount per year, which is about once every six months. We’re here to help keep you and your mouth healthy! In addition to removing stains and tartar, dental hygienists can screen for health conditions like oral cancers and gingivitis. Many health conditions manifest themselves in your mouth, so your dentist can make your aware of systematic issues that you should then follow up about with your MD.

Are you using the right toothpaste?

Are you using the right toothpaste?

Choices choices choices. There are a lot of choices out there regarding which toothpastes will do wonders for your teeth. Like an expensive car, you want to be picky about which soap will make it really shine. Which toothpastes should I use then, you might ask. I could never tell you which ones not to use, but by listing some simple recommendations of what to look for in your toothpaste will hopefully make standing in front of the dental care section at Walmart a little less stressful.

First things first, a few things to note: before choosing your toothpaste be sure that it has an ADA (American Dental Association) seal on the box. This means that the product’s claims are legitimate because it’s been tested, and the ingredients prove to be effective. The taste, whether it be bubble gum, cinnamon or spearmint has nothing to do with the product’s effectiveness to protect your teeth. On the other hand these flavors have been exquisitely designed to bring you a rush of tasty distraction from the yucky taste of, well, mouth.

You’re probably aware that fluoride is great for your teeth in that it promotes fresher breath and healthier teeth overall. Many toothpastes have fluoride in them and some do not. Being a naturally occurring mineral, fluoride helps protect your teeth from acid that is released when bacteria feed on sugars left on your teeth. For this reason I recommend brushing and spitting but not rinsing; you’ll leave the fluoride behind and let the ingredient work its magic longer.

Tartar build up sounds gross right? Well, it is if you let it get out of control and too hard- at that point the only savior is that little pick us dentists wield to scrape it off. Toothpastes that contain fighting elements against tartar can help prevent heavy plaque from hardening. Look for ingredients on the label like pyrophosphates and zinc citrate.

Most toothpastes promote their whitening factor, and why wouldn’t they? White teeth are the prettiest teeth! Whitening toothpastes contain abrasive particles to help you attain a pearly white smile. Silica is the ingredient in whitening toothpastes, but don’t get scared. These ingredients are proven to be no more harmful to your teeth enamel than other types of toothpastes.

At the end of the day, choose a toothpaste that you enjoy using. It will drive you to brush more often, longer and in an effective way. Keeping up other healthy oral health practices are necessary in maintaining a healthy smile, so don’t solely rely on your toothpaste to get the job done! With regular dental visits and use of the proper dental habits, you’ll have a gorgeous smile year round.

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