Small things can raise your Dental IQ and benefit your dental health. In this blog post Chesterfield Smile Design will try to do just that.
One simple lesson involves bacteria. Everyone’s mouth has a lot of it, but, don’t worry, bacteria per se isn’t the problem. Dental problems occur for patients when the balance of bacteria becomes unhealthy. This is where brushing and flushing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.
This is yucky to think about, but it’s a good idea to store your toothpaste as far away from the toilet as you can. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush.
Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
When it comes to a good toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.
If you have sensitive teeth, it might help to avoid rinsing out your mouth after you brush. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work.
At Chesterfield Smile Design we provide general and cosmetic dentistry to the greater St. Louis area. The dental health of each of our patients is of utmost importance to us. Schedule your next appointment today.
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