How To Protect Your Smile

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Amy McGorry from Prevention Magazine explains how to protect your smile.

    Amy McGorry: Everyday it seems like another new study links oral health problems to other big health issues such as heart disease or Alzheimer. Here are few oral health practices to prevent the growth of bacteria keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy for life, it's no surprise that our first tip is to make sure to visit the dentist.

    Whether you are putting it all for it seems like overkill. Making this appointment is crucial; twice yearly visits keep gum disease and tooth decay the chief culprits when it comes to loosing teeth inject. It's also important to make sure you get the right toothbrush. Electronic toothbrushes are well worth the splurge. Studies found that electronic versions removes plaque 11% better and fought gingivitis 6% more effectively over a three-month period.

    Be sure to replace your brush every three to four months or when your bristles are visibly worn or frayed. Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, but be sure to wait 30 to 60 minutes after consuming acidic foods and beverages before brushing, you'll also want to remember to floss and rinse. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but two thirds of Americans don't bother.

    Make time to floss at least once a day before you brush your teeth rather than after that way you can brush away any food that was stuck between your teeth to prevent bacteria for growing. Using mouthwash twice a day will also slash your risk of gum disease by 60%, ideally you should aim to rinse for about 40 second with a mouthwash that has microbial protection to fight plaque and gingivitis.

    This next tip might surprise you an apple a day can also keep the dentist away, crunchy fibers fruit and veggies like apple, celery, cauliflower and carrots act like little toothbrushes when you chew them and actually help scrub away stubborn stains overtime.

    The cleansing effect on teeth can be noticeable especially if you're coffee drinker. Finally, if you dentures be sure to talk your dentist about proper care and cleaning insure good oral hygiene, it's easy for food particles to infiltrate and leave the bacteria growth, but a good adhesive like Fixodent can create a protective seal and also reduce irritation and sore spot. And those are just a few tips to keep your smile healthy for life.