White and Health Teeth. Few steps

Going to the dentist is nobody’s favorite activity, but we all like to hear that everything is fine with regard to our teeth and gums. Sadly, tooth decay and cavities are very common, particularly for people who don’t have a complete understanding of how to care for their teeth. You don’t need a degree in professional dentistry to take excellent care of your teeth and gums. All that’s required is a few easy steps.

The first step is to toss your tired, non-electric toothbrush and replace it with a new electric model with fresh bristles that you renew about every 90 days. If your budget doesn’t allow for a deluxe electric toothbrush, like the Sonicare Elite Special Edition or the Oral B Professional Care toothbrush, a battery-operated model will do just fine. These models cost between $5 and $6 and are available at most discount department stores and drugstores.

Most people brush first thing in the morning and again at bedtime, but teeth need attention after lunch and dinner, too. Keep a pack of non-stick, sugar-free gum, preferably a brand that contains xylitol, handy and use it when you don’t have access to a sink where you can brush. This will help prevent plaque build-up, prevent tooth decay and keep your mouth fresh and free of embarrassing bad breath.

It is well worth the time to brush your teeth vigorously for at least three minutes (six is preferred), which may seem like a very long time, but when you do brush your teeth, you should do it right. After brushing, use Listerine Total Care or a similar mouth rinse, to help strengthen teeth, reduce bacteria, fight plaque and cavities, restore enamel and reduce the risk of bad breath.

Flossing each night is essential to good oral care. Using a 10 to 18 inch strand of floss, all you have to do is slip it between each of your teeth, all the way down to the gums, and use approximately 10 vertical strokes to remove any food particles and plaque. Flossing helps preserve your teeth and maintains healthy gums by keeping them free of bacteria. Regular flossing means that your gums won’t bleed at all during routine teeth cleanings with the dentist.

Avoid sugary, sticky foods to help keep your smile bright and healthy. If you have to give in to sweets (and who doesn’t once in awhile?), try to limit it to times when you are able to brush and floss right away. Also, rather than consuming non-nutritious sweet food for a long time (like snacking on jelly beans while you are sitting at a table), choose a cookie or a slice of pie (they have some nutrition at least), finish eating in a few minutes so it will be better for your teeth and return to your activities. Better yet, consider snacks of raw carrot sticks, cashews or pretzels.

Good dental care is a vital part of a health lifestyle. A consistent programs of brushing and flossing will assure a bright, health smile and easy, inexpensive trips to the dentist. Plan to see your dentist every six months.

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