Keeping Your Teeth For Life

Photo-of-keeping-teeth-for-life-brushing-LocateADocThose in the world of dentistry agree that keeping your teeth healthy is a process which begins during childhood. With the proper care, those pearly whites that began to come in when you were five years old will last you for a lifetime!

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important steps to keeping your teeth and gums clean and strong! Did you know that beginning your brushing session without toothpaste helps remove more plaque? Pull out your dry toothbrush and brush in a circular motion until your teeth feel smooth. Then add some toothpaste and finish your session.

Floss Your Teeth Once a Day

Dentistry studies have shown that brushing effectively cleans only three sides of your teeth – the top and the two exposed sides. Since your teeth sit side by side, the other two sides are blocked. Floss gets between those teeth and scrapes off the plaque that’s trapped.

Rinse With Mouthwash Once a Day

Choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride. The fluoride will strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Some dentists have found that fluoride can even heal cavities that have begun to form in the tooth enamel!

Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year

Find a local dentist and schedule a visit every six months. Your hygienist will deep clean your teeth and let you know how you can care for them better at home. They will also check your teeth and gums for any developing issues to ensure they stay healthy and strong.

Check out our dentistry resources for more information on how to protect your teeth.

Further Reading

  • For the thousands of Americans  considering plastic or cosmetic surgery in 2010, procedure such as tummy tucks, breast implants and Botox treatments are surprisingly lower on the list than teeth whitening.

  • Dr. Nick Mohindra, a London dentist, has invented a plastic mouthguard called the Oralift that’s designed to help patients look younger by sculpting the facial tissues and increasing the strength of the jawline and facial muscles. The Oralift mouthguard is placed in a microwave to soften the plastic and then fitted to the lower teeth. The mouthguard helps to prevent the grinding of teeth and also helps to stretch the freeway space between the back teeth so that the facial muscles become stronger.

  • If you’ve been to the dentist lately and picked up a tooth whitening kit, make sure you’re aware of the downsides of bleaching your teeth.A recent study shows that many people actually lose some of their tooth enamel after using home teeth-whitening kits for a significant period of time.The chemicals in the tooth whitening products can actually break down the enamel and cause more damage to the teeth.