Friday, December 31, 2010
Top 10 tips for a healthy smile in 2011
1. Brush and floss twice a day,( change your brush 4 times a year).
2. Use a Fluoride toothpaste.
3. Use a disinfectant mouthwash.
4. Chew a few pieces of Xylitol gum or mints throughout the day(freshens breath, protects teeth and tastes good).
5. Never use your teeth for anything except chewing food . Biting your nails, pencils pens, thread, or any other foreign object damages your teeth.
6. Don’t chew ice cubes.
7. If you clench or grind your teeth, get fitted with a mouthguard/biteplane by your dentist.
8. If you engage in any of the following activities listed below, get fitted with a mouthguard *.
9. Visit your dentist regularly.
10. Avoid or minimize these foods listed below**.
*Activities where a mouthguard is recommended:
· Field hockey
· Mountain biking
· Off-roading of any type
· BMX biking
· Mountain biking
· Horseback riding
· Karate or other Martial Arts
· Weight or Strength Training
** Foods to avoid or minimize:
· Soda (any kind) but especially ones sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
· Any fruit drinks with added sugar (high fructose corn syrup etc) read the label and if sugar, high fructose corn syrup is one of the top 3 ingredients, watch out). Better to eat the fruit than drink the juice as the fruit has fiber and vitamins to help the body .
· Raisins (have a high sugar content and stick to teeth)
· Any sweet candy unless sweetened with Xylitol, Sorbitol or Mannitol. Sports drinks
· Energy drinks unless there is no sugar or High fructose corn syrup in it.
· Any starchy foods… foods with highly processed flour it , breads, pasta, etc..
· Treats like fruit rollups, donuts, rice crispy treats, cookies, cake, pie, brownies, Craisins.
· These are best eaten with a daily meal so the assault on your teeth is minimized
· Avoid putting sugar in coffee and tea… use Xylitol , or Stevia if you must sweeten your drinks.
(Consider substituting sugar with cooking with Xylitol and Stevia when making foods at home.)
Warning signs that you should consult a dentist promptly about include:
· Loose teeth.
· Teeth that are moving or shifting.
· Bleeding gums.
· Persistent bad breath.
· Chipped and worn teeth.
· Temperature and/or and biting sensitivity.
· Swelling, sensitivity to sweets.
· Receding gums.
· A funny taste.
· Sore jaws in the morning.
· Dry mouth.
· Sores in the mouth that last longer than 10 days.
· Loose fillings or restorations.
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