What to Do

Look better. Feel better. Smell better. Prevent infections from head to toe. Whether you’re managing diabetes or just trying to be your best self, you get a lot from the power of The Mighty Mouth.

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Are you a parent taking care of tiny teeth? We’ve got tips for you too:
Tips for Parents

Four Simple Steps Will Get You A Big Part of the Way There:

While a toothbrush can clean the surfaces of your teeth, brushing doesn’t remove what lurks in between the teeth. Not cleaning between your teeth with floss is like taking a shower without washing under your arms.

No, it doesn’t matter if you brush first or floss first, though flossing before brushing may allow more fluoride from your toothpaste to reach between your teeth.

Try an interdental cleaner, which is a nerdy way of saying those special little wooden or plastic picks, sticks or brushes designed to clean between the teeth. Cleaning between the teeth can help prevent infection and keep your breath fresh.

It only takes a minute, less time than it takes to fix a cup of coffee. It is easy – and it makes you look, feel – and even smell – better.

So, give your teeth and gums a warm hug every day by wrapping them in a floss embrace. Your oral and overall health will improve – and so will your breath.

All the grooming in the world won’t help if you have a piece of spinach stuck in your teeth, or if you have bad breath because of a gum infection.

When you brush, don’t rush. Be thorough and deliberate.

Dentists recommend brushing teeth two times a day for at least two minutes. Clean all the surfaces front and back in a circular motion, and don’t forget to brush your tongue.

If you have a hard time making it through those two minutes two times a day, try multi-tasking while you brush. Turn on the TV or radio. Yeah, you can sing the happy birthday song a couple times, but it’s a lot more fun to mix it up a bit. Check out some perfectly timed ideas here.

Whatever you do, don’t overdo it. Be gentle. Excessive brushing could expose the root of the tooth and irritate the gums. Brushing vigorously can also erode tooth enamel. So lighten up, and take your time. But make sure to brush every surface of every tooth.

Adults should get an oral health checkup at least once a year.

This is a good time to get tips on caring for your teeth and gums and to detect problems early — when they’re most treatable. You can learn how to prevent cavities and other oral health problems.

During the checkup your teeth will be cleaned and the dentist will check for gum inflammation or bone loss. Your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems will be evaluated, and your face, neck and mouth will be checked for abnormalities. An oral health checkup might also include dental X-rays.

Don’t be surprised if your physician also asks to see your teeth and gums and talks to you about your mouth. There is a growing awareness about the connection between oral health and overall health. That’s why physicians and dentists are working together more and more to keep your whole body healthy.

Here’s a simple rule for keeping your mouth in shape: The less time food and drinks spend on your teeth the better.

This doesn’t include water of course.

But when you eat anything with sugar or carbohydrates or drink something sugary or acidic, you are coating your mouth with acid (either from the food or from your mouth breaking the food down). Acid eats into your teeth giving germs lots of little places to set up shop. After you eat or drink the damage continues for twenty minutes.

Your goal: Less time on teeth.

Drinking sugary beverages all day, including fruit juice and sports drinks, is a big threat to a healthy mouth. Continuous exposure to both sugar (carbs) and acid is especially harmful. Sugar feeds the germs that cause decay. Acids, like those found in soft drinks (including diet soda), lemons and citrus juices, can strip away your enamel and weaken teeth. Water, anyone?

One of the best things you can do is to drink water, especially fluoridated water, throughout the day. It is particularly important to drink water after snacking. If you can’t brush your teeth, make sure to rinse your mouth with water and try to swish the germs away. Don’t let them settle in. Think of it as swatting away mosquitoes. Don’t allow the germs to linger long enough to do any damage.

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