The holidays are here, and with it, whirlwind busyness and rich, indulgent treats. Despite all that, you can still give yourself the gift of a healthier smile this holiday season. At Quality Dental Care, Dr. Bogdan Bodroug and our team recommend the following three oral care habits for our patients in Vancouver, Washington and the surrounding communities:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use the right size toothbrush for your mouth, and use the softest bristles you can to do the job to protect tooth enamel and gum tissue. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short up-and-down strokes to clean your teeth.
#2 ADA Approved Products
Use ADA-approved products to ensure safety and effectiveness. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or so when your bristles become frayed. If you are prone to gum disease, it may help to use an electric toothbrush with smaller heads to remove plaque. Fluoride toothpaste can strengthen your enamel, and toothpaste for sensitive teeth can reduce tooth sensitivity. If you have children, encourage them to brush by using fun flavors to help establish a healthy cleaning routine. Children’s toothpaste comes in strawberry, bubblegum, and even anti-cavity chocolate.
Gum disease afflicts 64.7 million Americans (reported by the CDC), and essentially, it is an infection of gum tissue, which can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day. Flossing removes plaque and food particles in between the teeth and under the gumline. Whether waxed or unwaxed, flavored or plain, multifilament or monofilament, flossing reaches those areas your toothbrush just can’t.
Take the time this busy holiday season to implement the following three habits: brush, floss, and use ADA-approved products to give yourself the gift of a healthier smile. To schedule your next checkup and cleaning, please call 360-448-7018 in Vancouver, Washington today. Dr. Bogdan Bodroug and our team at Quality Dental Care are happy to help you with all of your oral care needs!