Ladies, what qualities do you look for in a toothpaste? Choosing the right one is one of your most important life decisions!
First and foremost, the relationship with your teeth starts with your toothpaste choice. The decisions you make now will ensure a happy lifetime together. It doesn’t have to be the prettiest box on the shelf to be the best choice. If it fights plaque and cavities and contains fluoride (enamel strengthener), your foundation will be strong and stand the test of time, but be sure to look for the ADA Seal–your assurance that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and efficacy by an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Click here for a list of ADA-approved products. You might be surprised by what you find (and what you don’t).
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You’ll want to compliment that toothpaste choice, though, with the right brush. If you find yourself attracted to a harsh exterior, the abrasive personality, don’t do it. Save that for your pumice stone. Dental professionals agree that a soft-bristled brush is the best choice for removing plaque and debris from your teeth and along the gum line, and don’t be afraid to change things up. Change out that brush for a new one every three months or so, but don’t choose just to choose, make sure it’s a comfortable fit. For a list of ADA-approved brushes, click here!
A pea-sized dab of toothpaste is all you need. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move your brush back and forth in short tooth-wide strokes. Brush all surfaces of your teeth – the outer, the inner, and the chewing area. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Take a quick look at this ADA diagram on appropriate brushing technique (come on, it will only take a second). And don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Check In Regularly With Your Dental Counselor
There is actually an ADA statement that addresses regular visits with your dentist. In essence, people with little risk of cavities or gum disease can do well with perhaps just once per year; however, those with a higher risk of dental issues may benefit from more frequent exams.
Stay tuned to the specials page on Dr. Hanson’s website. Often times you will find an offer for a Buy One Cleaning / Get One Cleaning! And remember, brushing alone does not ensure a healthy relationship with your teeth. Flossing, eating a balanced diet, and controlling sugar and acid exposure to your teeth, and regular professional cleanings and exams are important vital to dental health.