Flossing is the Most Important Step

A wise dentist once told me that flossing is the most important step to dental hygiene.  If you brush your teeth without flossing, you will leave behind food between your teeth after brushing.  Food particles between your teeth provide a buffet for bacteria in your mouth, which will metabolize this food and generate a nasty acidic substance that will corrode your tooth enamel.

If you’re like me, you graze on food throughout the day, meaning you eat more than just three meals a day.  This means that you would benefit by keeping floss with you, accessible at all times.  If you work, keep floss at work.  If you have a vehicle, keep floss in your vehicle.  If you pack your lunch, keep floss in your lunch box.

When feasible, always wash your hands before and after flossing for good hygiene.  This prevents cross-contamination from hand to mouth or vice versa and decreases the chance that you will get sick.

 

Rinsing After Brushing Teeth

Rinsing after brushing teeth should be done with a fluoridated, antibacterial rinse.  If you use water, which many people do, it will remove remnants of those toothpaste suds coating your teeth, and these suds contain fluoride.  Therefore, you are losing an opportunity to nourish and protect your teeth by using water.  NOTE:  It’s certainly expected to spit out excess suds, because you are not supposed to swallow them!  What we’re talking about is the remaining residue on your teeth.

So let your teeth bask in the afterglow of brushing and allow that light coat of post-brushing suds to absorb into your teeth.  For additional benefits, don’t consume any beverages or food at least 30 minutes after brushing.

Tips for Brushing Teeth

I recently saw a TV commercial that says that brushing only reaches 25% of the surface of your teeth.

That’s OK, because hopefully you are first flossing your teeth, pre-rinsing your mouth with either water or Plax, then brushing.  And after you spit out your toothpaste, don’t eat or drink for the next 30 minutes.  An optional step is swishing mouthwash around after you floss and brush, which will further bathe your teeth with fluoride goodness!

 


Replacing Sonicare Toothbrush Heads

The head displayed on top is shinier due to the fact that it is brand new. If you look closely, you will always notice the blue bristles near the top of the head that extend all the way to the brushing surface. This head also has fresh bristles intact in a tight bunch.

The head on the bottom has lost its shine due to deposits accumulated from heavy use over time. The head as a whole has a yellow appearance. This head’s blue bristles have also lost their color, which have faded and is also a key indicator that this head requires replacement.

World Oral Health Day 2018

On March 20th, World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation asked the public to “Say Ahh:  Think Mouth.  Think Health” and see the connection between oral health and general health. FDI released their survey conducted in 10 countries, asking parents how they cared for their children’s oral health.

SURVEY RESULTS

The survey found that 13 percent of parents with children aged 18 and under took their child to the dentist before their first birthday. Most parents, 24 percent, first took their child to the dentist when they were between 1 and 3 years old or between 4 and 6 years old (22 percent), while 20 percent of parents remarkably reported never having taken their child to the dentist.

According to Dr. Kathryn Kell, FDI president, “Parents should visit the dentist after their child’s first tooth starts erupting as a preventive measure to avoid risk of developing early childhood caries. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life and are associated with many general health conditions. This Knowing how to protect your mouth and body at all ages contributes to a better quality of life.”

DIETARY RISK FACTORS

FDI emphasizes that unhealthy diets (particularly high in sugar), tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol, are common risk factors contributing to oral diseases and other diseases. Unsurprisingly, FDI recommends a low sugar diet, advocates consumption of vegetables and fruits, no tobacco use, and refraining from excess alcohol consumption.

 

Best Soft Toothbrush for Super Gentle Brushing

My Mom was recently given a sample Rx Ultra Suave super soft toothbrush by a dental surgeon immediately after she had dental surgery. She absolutely loved it. According to the manufacturer, it is the softest toothbrush available and is extremely easy on sensitive gums after surgery. Another excellent alternative that I have not received personal testimony on but appears to be a nice brush by a reputable oral product company is GUM’s 317 Post-Surgical Toothbrush Super Soft, which is gentle on healing and tender gum tissue.  You can’t go wrong with either of these purchases. Remember not to apply too much pressure when using them.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

American Dental Association (ADA) declares every February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. This tradition began in 1941 to increase awareness and emphasize the importance of oral health in children. Did you know that each time you brush, you are supposed to spend one minute brushing your upper teeth, then another minute brushing your lower teeth?

Experts recommend that all people should visit a dentist twice a year. If it has been a while since you’ve had a dental exam, schedule one!

 

Flossing Can Damage Gums If Not Done Carefully

A dental hygienist once told me, “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but flossing will be more effective for you if you do it properly.” What she meant is that I was flossing too quickly, and this was harming my mouth 4 ways:

1. Pushing my gums down, 2. Damaging the surface of my gums (increasing vulnerability to bad microbes which can make me ill), 3.  Opening up space around the base of the teeth so that plaque could form below the gumline, and 4. Failing to remove plaque from around the circumference of each tooth.

SOLUTION:  It’s very simple. I now take my time, slowly working the floss between my teeth, and wrapping the floss around each tooth. Using Plax pre-brushing dental rinse also loosens plaque, making it easier to remove the plaque.

 

If Plaque Takes Root, It Will Grow and Grow

A dentist once explained that dental plaque must not be allowed to take root, or it will grow like a weed.  This makes perfect sense, because once you have a layer of plaque, it will only thicken and soften your enamel unless you remove it.  Therefore, don’t let plaque get rooted.  Remove those weeds at the base of your teeth before they grow out of control.

About Me

Hi, Welcome to my site! If you are reading this, we share an interest in improving dental health. Here, I will succinctly share with you what I consider to be the best dental habits and teeth cleaning products after years of experimentation.

 MY STORY

My name is John, and I am 48 years old. I am a nutrition and fitness enthusiast and possess a bachelor of science degree in biology.  I am a veteran, and my travels have taken me to 22 countries. My life’s journeys, including many encounters with dental professionals (often with bad news, resulting in a cavity requiring intervention), have resulted in my determination to solve this perpetual problem and eliminate the ‘root cause.’

After over 40 years of hearing dentists tell me, “We are going to have to repair a cavity,” I am pleased to report that my last several visits to the dentist have resulted in dental professionals telling me, “Good job! Keep up the good work!”

 


YOUR TEETH ARE AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR HEALTH

I enjoy positive feedback from the dentist, and it is nice not to worry whether or not the injection will be enough to prevent pain while my teeth are being drilled on.

I don’t want you to have to endure the pain caused by cavities and fixing them.

I am absolutely sure that if you follow my advice and invest (yes, it’s an investment in your health) in top-notch dental products, you will be all set for optimal dental health in your future, too!

 


AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION…

To share my knowledge of what products and practices that I have found to be the most successful in my daily dental routine.  I have become a firm believer in Benjamin Franklin’s axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.  Thank you for your time and consideration!