Read “10 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy” and answer the trivia question for 500 points!
10 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
1. Brush regularly and as soon after eating as possible – even after snacking. Brushing keeps small food particles from becoming giant feasts for unwanted bacteria. If possible, brush a full two minutes. Divide the teeth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds on each quadrant.
2. Select a good dentifrice and stick with it. You don’t need much and when the mouth fills with foam, many people will spit it out and consider themselves finished brushing. There are many, many toothpastes and powders on the market all touting claims from being the best whitener to being the most natural. Try a powder with a good mixture of baking soda and flavoring – you’ll never go back to pastes! Fluoride? You won’t need it if you keep to a strict hygiene routine. Hydrogen peroxide? Good old baking soda is proven to be a better anti-microbial without the risk. You will be surprised how clean your teeth feel after using a baking soda-based powder. Just can’t deal with the powder?
3. Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. Why do a great job on your teeth only to have them come in immediate contact with the microbes living on the surface of your tongue? As an added benefit, your breath will be MUCH better!
4. Floss at least once a day. Flossing further cleans and removes calculus where your toothbrush cannot reach.
5. Learn how to irrigate the teeth and gums and do it daily. Oral Irrigation serves several purposes; it helps to remove food particles trapped below the gum line, using the right antimicrobial fluid in your irrigator can help remove the ‘biofilm’ which harbors bacteria dangerous to your oral health and irrigating massages the gums resulting in increased circulation. Short on time? New irrigators can now be attached right to your faucet or shower outlet allowing you to clean your teeth while you do the rest of your body. ShowerPik and QuickPik II are two such appliances new on the market.
6. Irrigate deep pockets with a cannula tip and good antimicrobial solution. This measure is one of the best things an individual can do, on his or her own, to assist in stopping decay where pockets have formed between the tooth and gum. Before you buy an oral irrigator, make sure you select an irrigator such as the Via Jet, which can accommodate the tiny cannula tips. Not all do. When irrigating a deep pocket, the cannula tip is small enough to deliver the antimicrobial solution deep, where the regular irrigator tip cannot reach. Ask your dentist for help in this. If you have the right dentist, he’ll be supportive and informative in your personal hygiene efforts.
7. See your dental professionals regularly, but choose them wisely. There are good offices and bad ones and you need to seek a good hygienist as well as a D.D.S. Make sure your hygienist is allowed a good 45 minutes to an hour – enough time to properly work on your teeth. Listen to your hygienist when she tells you about a problem area and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be on time for your appointments.
8. White teeth do not necessarily mean healthy teeth. While your biggest concern right now may be your smile, make sure that smile will be there, in good shape, years from now. Tooth whitening is tremendously popular today and many companies are catering to the market. While tooth whiteners remove staining, to some degree, they do not necessarily do the cleaning job required by your other efforts.
9. Nutrition is half the battle. A demineralization and remineralization process is taking place constantly as the teeth are being bathed in healthy saliva. The body is equipped to care for itself as long as conditions are right, and as everything else in the body requires good nutrition, the teeth and gums are no exception. Staying away from sugar is fine, but don’t forget carbohydrates; cakes, breads, chips… Vitamin C has long been known as important for healthy gums and a good colloidal mineral supplement will provide the calcium and phosphorus your teeth need. Your strong autoimmune system is one of your best defenses against poor oral health and GOOD food is your best source of essential vitamins & minerals.
10. Finally, allow the time, use the time, and be on time. These are YOUR teeth. How you care for them will determine how they will care for you down the road. Your attention to your good oral health could even save your life.
Trivia Question: True or False? Floss at least twice a week.