When you meet someone for the first time…
…what is the first thing you notice? Is it their eyes? Their hair? Or perhaps their smile?
Having an eye-catching smile is certainly something to be desired! Keeping your oral health in tip-top condition is not only key for keeping your smile white and fresh, but for also influencing your overall health and well-being.
Support the health of your teeth, gums and oral tissues by keeping these 4 simple tips in mind:
Brush Twice a Day… and Don’t Forget to Floss!
We’ve been hearing it since we were old enough to hold a toothbrush… and it’s some good advice! While many of us adhere to the golden rule of brushing once in the morning, once at night, the truth is that not nearly enough of us remember to floss.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), taking two minutes to floss at night before you brush will not only remove food, plaque and bacteria trapped between teeth, but will also clear the way for the fluoride in your toothpaste to better clean your teeth.
Choose the Right Toothbrush!
Did you know toothbrushes have been used for over 5,000 years? Beginning as thin twigs with frayed ends before evolving into brushes crafted from bones, wood and ivory, the toothbrush has come a long way! The nylon-bristled toothbrush as we know it today was first invented in 1938 and has certainly seen some variations… so how do you know which is best for you?
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs lists the following must-haves in order to know you’re getting a quality toothbrush:
– Each component of the toothbrush is safe to be used in the mouth
– Bristles do not have any jagged or sharp edges or points
– The handle and bristles have been manufacturer-tested for quality and durability
– The toothbrush can be used by the average adult and will effectively remove plaque from the teeth
Be sure to switch your toothbrush when it gets worn (about every 3-4 months) to ensure you’re getting the most benefits when you brush!
Consider Making the Switch to Natural Toothpaste!
Natural toothpaste has been on the rise in recent years, and for those looking to reduce the chemicals in the products they use, it may be the right choice! Natural toothpastes contain botanically-based compounds that have been traditionally used to support oral health for generations. Many will include tea tree oil, neem, xylitol and coconut oil, ingredients that have shown great potential in supporting healthy gums, teeth and oral tissues while promoting fresh breath.
Don’t Skip Out on Your Dental Hygienist!
The best way to ensure your oral health is at its peak is to make your regular annual dental hygiene appointments. The dentist’s chair may be intimidating for some, but keeping your mouth happy and healthy means supporting your body’s overall health and well-being… and that makes the pre-visit jitters well worth it!
Let that smile shine on and keep those pearly whites glistening for years to come!
Health & happiness,