Great Smiles 6 Things You Didn’t Know

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Great smiles are made–6 tips to get you yours now

What makes a smile great? The answers are as diverse as the smiles but there are a few things we can all agree on. Great smiles are always best when they are their brightest.

That we all want our cake and to eat it too goes double for having a perfect smile. The best smile, the least possible amount of time, effort and resources used. Here are a few mistakes to fix when you’re taking care of your smile, best of all, there are a few tips, new things to do, that you already have time for. Follow these guidelines and reap the rewards of strong, beautiful teeth.

In today’s fast paced era, carving out extra time for anything not essential is impossible. Carving out time for essential things can be leave a person struggling to balance it all. When it comes to your smile there may be a few things you can do, and few you can quit doing, to get the most of your routine with the biggest impact to your smile.

Stop:

1.Multitasking while brushing

With every minute of almost everyday scheduled, time is precious. It’s tempting to do other things while you’re brushing. Weather you find yourself brushing while you dress the kids, or shower, scroll through your Twitter feed, try using those two minutes for brushing alone. When you stand in front of the mirror you are more likely to cover each surface of the tooth adequately, mapping out where you have covered and where needs better brushing.

2.Over-cleaning your toothbrush

Have you considered a way to sterilize or clean your toothbrush? There are recommendations floating around (just check out the internet) to run toothbrushes through the dishwasher, zap them in the microwave, or dip them in rubbing alcohol, to name a few. Think again about all of these random options, the CDC says that there’s no evidence that anyone has ever gotten sick from using their own toothbrush. Instead try simply holding your toothbrush under running tap water, storing it upright and letting it air-dry with no other toothbrushes touching it. More drastic cleaning measures will potentially damage your brush, and that defeats its purpose.

3.Using the internet as your dentist

There are so many weird, whacky, (seemingly) wonderful cure-alls on the web. When it comes to your health–including your oral health–there are also many, many tips that can do more harm than help. So don’t even go there. The Pinterest, the google, and the various personal blogs sharing the latest and greatest ways to whiten teeth, straighten teeth, reverse decay, even treat oral abscesses… Try wishing with straight peroxide, for example—one internet example that is really bad for teeth. Only use ADA-approved products that have been tested and approved.

4.Ignoring your daily (or nightly) grind

See your qualified dentist if you have any symptoms of grinding your teeth. While mild bruxism—that is, clenching your teeth or grinding your jaw—might not seem like a big deal, severe cases can lead to everything from chipped and worn teeth to headaches, jaw trouble, and even changes in facial appearance. It’s hard to know if you grind your teeth at night if a partner doesn’t tip you off, of course, but if you experience telltale signs such as jaw soreness or a dull, constant headache, make haste and get to the dentist; he or she will have several options to help eliminate this, often overlooked, threat to your teeth and smile, not to mention your sleep.

So far we’ve just listed a few of the things you can eliminate and actually improve your dental health. Here are a couple of the things to start doing immediately to improve your dental health.

Start:

5.Start flossing

Skipping flossing leaves behind a significant amount of bacteria. The spaces between teeth and below the gum lines account for more than 40% of the surfaces that bacterial colonies attach to. Flossing every day, after brushing, improves gum health and significantly strengthens tooth attachment to the periodontal ligament.

6.Try a new old thing; tongue scrapers have been around for generations.

Close-up Of A Woman Looking In Mirror Cleaning Her Tongue

Close-up Of A Woman Looking In Mirror Cleaning Her Tongue with a tongue scraper

Your tongue can host the majority of bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth. A number of health benefits have been associated with the practice of tongue scraping. Everything from better tasting food, to improved immune response have been tied to tongue scraping after brushing.

Tongue scrapers, typically look like a small curved device that is meant to gently curve over the back of the tongue and scrape of biological deposits and debris that can accumulate on the back of the tongue. It literally takes seconds to add this to your morning routine and can help remove bacterial colonies from the mouth that are responsible for causing bad breath.

Don’t Stop!

By all means, keep doing what you’re doing when it comes to seeing your dentist routinely, flossing daily, brushing twice daily, drinking plenty of water, and eating all the fruits, vegetables, cheese, and other foods that help keep your teeth strong and healthy.

If you need restorative dental care or just good, routine cleanings, and checkups, call our office so we can help you make sure you have the best possible smile.

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