Dr. Jamie Sands, DDS offers tips for good oral health.
The Power of Good Oral Care: Brushing Harder Isn't Better
Proper oral care includes three important steps: flossing, brushing, and rinsing. When you brush, don’t rush! Take enough time to do a thorough job—up to 2 minutes each time, twice daily and change your toothbrush every three months to get the best at-home care. And don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria that will help give you fresher breath.
Remember to Rinse
I recommend my patients use a fluoridated mouth rinse every time they rinse. But, not all mouth rinses are created equal! Look for a mouthwash that contains fluoride, because fluoride is proven to strengthen enamel and fight cavities. This will help you feel more confident in the health of your mouth going into your next dental visit!
Brushing Harder Isn’t Better
Don't brush too hard. This can lead to gum recession.
Make Simple Changes Today For a Healthier Future
When it comes to healthful aging, a preventive approach is the key to success. Neglecting your dental health as you age can have serious consequences, including premature aging of the smile (gum recession and/or tooth discoloration) and the need for extensive and expensive corrective procedures. The good news is that some simple preventive habits started earlier in life may help avoid these consequences and ensure that your smile is healthy well into advanced age. See your dentist twice each year and make time for a complete oral health care routine every day.
What’s That Smell?
Oftentimes, my patients complain to me about bad breath. To help rid yourself of this embarrassing problem, make sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove odor-causing bacteria from the mouth, tongue and teeth. Anti-bacterial rinses are also effective at treating bad breath because they kill odor-causing bacteria. To keep your breath fresh between brushings try:
- Rinsing your mouth with water after eating.
- Chewing sugarless gum to stimulate saliva flow, which naturally cleanses teeth.
- Snacking on celery, carrots or apples, which can loosen food debris while chewing.
- Eating a nutritious diet, as vitamin deficiency can contribute to bad breath.
- Using an anti-cavity rinse with fluoride such as Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse to fight bad breath and cavities, plus strengthen enamel.