Exquisite Smile Times

Healthy news and information from Exquisite Smiles / 2017 August Issue

How to Floss Flawlessly

When it comes to flossing, most people think they have a pretty good grasp on the morning or before bed task. But are you really flossing flawlessly?

In order to floss flawlessly and keep your gums and pearly whites happy, here’s what you should always do.

• Begin by breaking off about 14-18 inches of floss.

• Hold the floss tightly between your forefingers and thumbs.

• When in-between teeth, move the floss back and forth and in a c-shape around the teeth.

• Remember to floss around the gum line (but not too harshly).

• If bleeding occurs, rinse your mouth with water. If your gums bleed consistently each time you floss, it may be time to visit our practice for a check.

Wondering what else you can do to boost your oral health regimen? Ask us at your next appointment.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush

We all know a toothbrush helps to freshen our breath and keep cavities at bay, but it never hurts to learn a bit more about this daily oral health tool!

1. Whether you’ve got an electric or manual toothbrush, it’s best to opt for a soft head as hard bristles can do more harm than good.

2. It doesn’t matter whether you brush or floss first. It just matters that you do both!

3. Sharing is nice—but not when it comes to your toothbrush. If you do, you could be spreading bacteria and germs.

4. The first toothbrush dates back centuries. Even ancient civilizations used something known as a “chew stick” to get food out of their teeth.

5. Your toothbrush prefers to be left in the open instead of stored in an airtight container. This way, it can dry instead of being kept wet, which can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

5 Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Your Child

It’s every parent’s goal – to help their kids succeed to the best of their ability. But what about when it comes to their oral health? Here are five ways you can help them prevent tooth decay.

1. Don’t share utensils. If you’re eating a sugary slice of cake and use your fork to help your child take a bite of their peas, you can transfer cavity-causing germs to them.

2. Schedule their first dental visit no later than age one to ensure their mouth and gums are healthy and their teeth are coming in as they should.

3. For elementary and middle school children, ask us about sealants to help seal off the chewing surfaces of their teeth.

4. Help them remember to brush twice a day for two minutes each.

5. Be sure to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with us.

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