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Beautiful Smiles Dental Care: 8 Oral Hygiene Tips

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Sep 27, 2013 9:18:00 PM

beautiful smiles dental careEveryone desires a beautiful, dazzling and memorable smile, but not everyone knows exactly what kind of beautiful smiles dental care will achieve that level of health and ideal look. Proper daily brushing and regular visits to the dentist for maintenance are key, of course. However, there are several habits and tips to incorporate into your regular home care routine in order to make sure that your pearly whites dazzle above the rest. If you can establish these ideas and tips into your oral hygiene regimen, your tooth and gum care will be enhanced, resulting in an even more beautiful and radiant smile than before.

Tips: For Better Brushing

Floss First Before Brushing Your Teeth

Not all people floss as often as they brush their teeth, unfortunately. And when they do floss every day, most will floss after they brush. Regardless, you should consider flossing everyday and after you brush. Why? Flossing dislodges and removes food that has become trapped in between your teeth and by your gums. This excess food can then be brushed away and permanently discarded during brushing and rinsing.

Brush With Proper Technique and Tools

Unless specifically recommended by your dentist, you should be using a soft bristled toothbrush. For the vast majority of people, this is more than enough to keep your teeth clean and healthy with regular brushing. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and be wary of brushing very close to your gums excessively as this can lead to gum damage and disease.

 Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

Dentists will recommend that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months if you use a manual toothbrush. Most electric toothbrushes will come with individual manufacturer's instructions that will recommend a time range for replacing the brush heads. Also be sure to replace your toothbrush if you are recovering from an illness.

Tips: For Dealing With Stains

Eat The Foods That Can Naturally Brighten Teeth

Certain studies have shown that strawberries may actually work to whiten teeth naturally. Other foods that can help remedy discoloration include apples, carrots, celery and pears. Not only are the foods textured to help polish teeth, but they also encourage saliva production which can help brighten teeth.

Stop Stains With Baking Soda

Many adults enjoying partaking in a variety of eating and drinking pleasures of life. Unfortunately, some of these, like wine, tea and coffee, can leave your pearly whites stained or dim. Aside from using home teeth whitening kits or waiting for a dentist appointment, you can also use regular baking soda twice a month to help lift stains from your teeth. Many drugstore toothpastes also come formulated with baking soda.

Tips: For Dealing With Dentist Appointment Anxiety

Bring in accessories that can calm your nerves.

Some people may find themselves avoiding regular dentist check-ups simply because they are scared and suffer from anxiety. This can result in diminished oral health and potential oral health issues that go undiagnosed or untreated. If this is true in your case, ease your anxiety by bringing in a music player and headphones to your dentist appointment. You may even opt to listen to a book on tape or podcast. Another technique to try is to employ calming breathing techniques such as those learned in meditation or yoga. Finally, simply talking to your dentist or office reception staff can help them alleviate your stress by employing various techniques during your visit.

Tips: Miscellaneous Health Concerns

Regulate Your Acid Reflux

Chronic sufferers of acid reflux or indigestion may find that their tooth enamel and overall oral health also suffers. This is because the stomach acids can cause the tooth enamel to decay. Be wary of certain foods if you suffer from this malaise and try to avoid them as best as you can. These foods include alcohol, caffeinated beverages, chocolate, dairy, citrus, mint, spicy foods, garlic, onions and fried foods.

Keep Your Tongue Clean

Your tongue can harbor bacteria, contributing to bad breath. Be sure to get in the habit of scraping your tongue when you brush your teeth as well.

By implementing these simple yet effective habits, you will be well on your way to enhanced and improved oral health. Increased dental and oral hygiene can be achieved by following these beautiful smiles dental care tips and will mean instantaneous health and aesthetic benefits. What a boon for you and your entire family! There is simply no reason why you should not consider incorporating these oral health care tips into your daily hygiene regimen. Who in your family can benefit from using these beautiful smiles dental care tips today? 

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