Smile – It’s Totally In Your Best Interest – Every Single Day!
- Posted on: Feb 15 2016
Brush, rinse, floss and visit your dentist twice a year. These are the well-known and well-written about basics of good dental care and they are a dental health “given.”
Why not add these 6 things to those “givens”…and maintain the brightest, whitest, happiest smile ever:
- Munch On Crunchy Foods. Eating crunchy, firm, crisp foods like carrots, apples and celery helps clean your teeth while you chew them. If you can’t brush right after eating, try ending your meal with a scrubbing, cleaning vegetable or fruit.
- Scrape Your Tongue. If you haven’t tried a tongue scraper, give it a try. Designed to reach the very back of your tongue, a tongue scraper is the best way to rid your tongue of bacteria and plaque that accumulate on it during the night. If scraping is not your thing, brush your tongue vigorously every time you brush your teeth.
- Get A New Toothbrush. Bacteria live on your toothbrush, whether it’s electric or a standard model. Change your brush head or get a new brush every three months. If you have been sick, get a new brush immediately.
- Rush To Brush. Black tea, coffee, cola and red wine stain your teeth. Any dark-colored foods, such as berries, will also stain. So, if possible, brush immediately after eating or drinking foods that are known teeth-stainers.
- Use A Non-Alcohol Based Mouthwash. Bacteria love alcohol. Additionally, if you tend to have dry mouth syndrome, the alcohol in your mouth wash could be making it worse.
- Try Oil Pulling. A popular treatment for cleaner breath and whiter teeth is the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. To do it, place about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning. Let it melt, swish it and pull it through your teeth for ten to twenty minutes. Spit it into your garbage can and brush your teeth. Devotees swear by it for whiter teeth and fresher breath.
Call to schedule an appointment, today – especially if it’s been a while since your last dental visit. We want to help you maintain your lovely smile: (304) 845-2480.
Posted in: General Dentistry