Everyone loves a beautiful straight smile, but as we grow older our teeth grow old as well.
Here are 5 Tips to help keep your teeth for life!
#1 Straighten Your Smile!
Your teeth are still shifting even years after you had braces for 4 years in high school! Misaligned or missing teeth can cause an abnormal bite and tooth wear, gum recession and gum disease.
#2 Floss!… And Brush Often!
This should go without saying, but as we get older some of our habits can change too. Make sure you’re flossing once a day. It will save your teeth!
#3 See a Dentist at Least Twice A Year
Every 6 months a teeth cleaning and exam could save your teeth one day. Once you’re over 35, the bacteria that cause gum disease is greater than ever. Seeing a Dentist twice a year will save you a lot of trouble down the road.
#4 It’s Not Just Sugar You Should Avoid…
While you should be avoiding foods with lots of sugar, the other potential cause of tooth decay is acidic foods. So just because you gave up the Little Debbies, that cola you just drank is equally bad for you. Be mindful of how long it is in contact with your teeth.
#5 Wear a Night Guard
The problems that can be solved with a night guard are endless. Sleep better, wake up better and live better. Most adults clench or grind their teeth while they sleep. Night Guards can prevent tooth decay and wear, gum recession and TMJ problems.
We hope you’re enjoying your summer! Dr. Smooke wants to remind his patients of some safety tips for summer activities.
Protect your smile by wearing a mouthguard when participating in the following activities. Most of the following activities require more protection than a mouthguard, so take extra care of yourself this summer!
Bicycling or Trail Biking
WaterSkiing & Wakeboarding
Yes, two minutes. Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. You might thinking, “Two minutes is a long time!” It might be for the impatient, but we promise it will save you a headache of natural tooth decay. Understanding the proper brushing technique is key and making sure you have the right tooth brush, floss and mouthwash.
Proper Brushing Technique
The American Dental Association suggests to start with your tooth brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short back and forth strokes. Finally hold the brush vertically and make several shorter strokes to scrub the back of your teeth.
Here’s where so many go wrong. How often and long should you be brushing your teeth? Again, the ADA recommends brushing for at least TWO minutes, twice daily. A great way to make sure you get the full two minutes in, hum your favorite song or set a timer on your phone.
Finally – don’t forget to floss and use mouthwash for an extra clean touch!
So could your regular oral hygiene still have gaps? Learn more from Dr. Smooke!