Toothy Tips and Tricks

Sure, we all know brushing teeth twice a day and regular flossing are half the battle when it comes to great teeth and healthy gums. But, there’s more you can do in addition to those simple steps! Check it out.

Regularly replace your toothbrush. Don’t wait until you lose it or the bristles are frayed beyond good use! Your toothbrush should be replaced every 2-3 months to prevent too much bacteria buildup and to keep those bristles strong. If you have arthritis or a condition that prevents you from a firm and thorough brushing, consider investing in an electric toothbrush that will clean your teeth much more efficiently.

Eat teeth-healthy foods. Nuts, apples, celery, carrots, and sugarless gum can all help your teeth; they don’t stick, they aren’t full of sticky sugar, and they can clean your teeth as you eat them. Avoid the constant ingestion of sodas, red wines, black tea, and other dark, staining liquids, or brush your teeth immediately after consuming them; each of those drinks have staining power. The carbonation in sodas is also bad for your teeth; it increases acidity, promoting decay. Sticky candy is another food to avoid, as it can coat your teeth in sugar. Yick!

Get your vitamins! Calcium isn’t the only mineral that will help your teeth. Vitamin D is great for your teeth, helping strengthen them. B vitamins and vitamin C are critical for healthy gums, so stock up on citrus fruits, lentils, bananas, and beans. Magnesium and zinc are helpful for strong teeth and bones as well.

Clean your tongue, too. Do brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth, but a tongue scraper is even better, as it does a much better job of getting rid of bacteria. Much of the bad-breath-causing bacteria can live on your tongue, so make sure you take good care of it every time you brush.

Don’t forget your gums! Make sure you run your toothbrush along the gum line, too, which help clear up excess plaque and promotes healthy gums.

Let your dentist know if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort with your teeth, whether that’s being over-sensitive to heat or cold, your mouth is dry, your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, or if anything feels different to you.

What are some of the ways you take extra steps to take care of your teeth? How do you help encourage good brushing habits in your kids?

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Jessica P.
Very good tips for maintaining a healthy smile :).
Paulette Y.
I'm a big fan of the tongue-scraper as well...But, is it me, or are those things weird-looking?
Maria T.
The trick is not gagging when you clean your tongue. Any suggestions?
Sage S.
I have the same problem and I'd appreciate some advice as well! [:
Heather J.
What a great article! It's very informative. I hate going to the dentist - don't we all! At least I have some more knowledge about my dental health.
Leah B.
Great tips!!! I also prefer an electric toothbrush. It does a thorough job and is gentle on the gums.