10 Vital Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Healthy for Life
1. Brush regularly and as
soon after eating as
possible - even after snacking. Brushing keeps small food
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. Use the sulcus
technique, angling the bristles and gently inserting and cleaning
underneath the gum line while you brush. If you are not sure how
to do this, ask your hygienist.
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? Keep your eye on a new paste called TheraSol being
developed. This may be one of the most effective toothpastes to
hit the market, but may only be available through dental offices.
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
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
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
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. Talk to your
dentist about ‘periodontal anti-infective therapy’ involving home
irrigation and antimicrobial solutions. This is cutting edge
science and a little effort on your part might keep you away from the
‘specialist.’ Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If
your professional won’t take the time to answer you in a way you can
understand or gets offended by your questions, it may be time to move
on. See: 'Beyond the Basics: Is Your Dentist
8. White teeth do not
necessarily mean healthy
teeth. While your biggest concern right now may be your
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
demineralization and remineralization process is taking place
constantly as the teeth are being bathed in healthy saliva (See article
on ‘demineralization’ at www.mizar5.com/demin.htm
). 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
determine how they will care for you down the road. Your
attention to your good oral health could even save your life.
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