Easy Tips for Healthy Gums

Flossing_TipsMost people think that flossing comes after brushing, but according to the Website WebMD, flossing first has some advantages.“Flossing first helps make brushing your teeth more effective by removing food that gets trapped between teeth.” When you follow it up with brushing, you get cleaner teeth and that leads to fewer cavities.

“If you don’t like holding floss, you can buy a floss-holder which is easy to use,” says Dr. Carol Ford from her Phoenix Dentistry office. “Floss holders help you reach the back teeth in ways that don’t involve putting most of your fingers into your mouth,” she adds.

If you don’t have floss, you can use a variety of tools designed to remove food particles from between your teeth. Look for small plastic brushes in the same area as where floss is sold in the drugstore. There are also flat wood picks that are meant to insert between teeth to remove stubborn plaque. These wood sticks are soft and generally mint flavored. In a pinch, you can also use a toothpick.

Be gentle with prodding your gums, however, particularly with a toothpick. You can break the pointed pick off under the gum line, which is not only painful, but requires further removal efforts.

Most people use their toothbrush far too long. You should replace your toothbrush every three months, or if you notice the bristles bending, flattening or spreading. And every time you have a cold, change your toothbrush when the cold is over so the germs don’t live on after you are better.
Cheeses are good for your teeth. Cheese contains whey protein and casein, both of which keep your teeth from demineralizing—loosing the vital minerals that keep your teeth strong. Cheese also contains calcium, another vital element for healthy teeth.

Of course, the easiest way to help your teeth stay healthy is to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist at least twice a year. Preventive actions, taken early, keep your smile bright for your whole life.

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