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By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
May 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental health   smile   teth and Gum  

How To Have Beautiful Teeth & Gums

  1. Beautiful teeth & gumsFloss First - It is far more effective in cleaning your mouth if you will floss first and then brush.  Flossing first removes the debris between your teeth then brushing cleans up the rest.  It is key to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line.
  2. Careful With The Toothpicks - Toothpicks are a good way to get material out of between your teeth but be careful.  Pressing too hard with the picks can damage the gums and tooth supporting structures.  Also, you don't want to fracture the tip of the toothpick off under your gumline.  Flossing is a better choice.
  3. Replace Your Toothbrush - Your tooth brush can just plain get worn out.  Look at the bristles and if they are flat or bent, replace your brush.  Also change your brush after any illness or cold so those germs are gone.
  4. Eat More Cheese - In cheese are whey protein and casein that increase the pH of your saliva.  So after a meal have a piece a cheese and the chances of getting cavities is reduced.  It also has healthy calcium and vitamin D.
  5. Brush With A Baking Soda Product - Just as baking soda can help clean a stained sweater, it can help clean your teeth.  There are several baking soda tooth pastes that help clean and whiten.  Drinking dark liquids can stain your teeth so watch out for red wine, tea and coffee.  Blueberries can also be a staining cause.
  6. Try To Control Your Acid Reflux - Having acid reflux can be very uncomfortable.  If you have it then you know what foods bother you.  Typically, fried fattty foods, spicy food, citrus fruits, and high acid foods like coffee or alcoho can cause problems.  Acid from your stomach that makes it to your mouth is destructive to the teeth.  Do your best to keep that from happening.
  7. Clean Your Tongue - When you brush your teeth, also brush your tongue.  It is a great way to reduce bad breath.  You can scrape your tongue to reduce the bacteria in your mouth.  Commercial tongue scrapers are available.  This is a great way to freshen you breath especially if you are a smoker.
  8. Don't Have A Dry Mouth - Saliva is what helps keep you teeth, gums, tongue and mouth healthy.  Many medications cause dry out your mouth and cause problems.  To help keep your salivary level correct, don't be dehydrated and use an artificial saliva product.  Several are available.

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