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28Aug
Sometimes all it takes to take your smile to the next level is a few tweaks in your daily dental hygiene routine. Many patients get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing everyday without ever really considering if they could change their routine at all. Today I’m going to share some tips from our Glendale dental office—these tips can help you keep your teeth cleaner and brighter between dental cleanings.

As a concerned dental patient, you’re probably already brushing your teeth twice a day—once when you wake up and once before you go to bed. If you’re struggling to minimize dental plaque throughout the day, you can also brush your teeth a third time after a midday meal.

Along with brushing, make sure that you’re flossing everyday. Flossing is critical for keeping plaque under control between teeth and in the hard to reach places that brushing can miss. Flossing is often overlooked, but patients who floss regularly are less likely to suffer from dental decay and gum disease.

It’s also important to pay attention to the tools you’re using to clean your teeth. Your toothbrush actually becomes less effective as it ages and the bristles fray. Make sure to switch your brush out every two to three months in order to keep your bristles effective and your toothbrush clean. Make sure not to use tools like toothbrushes and metal instruments to clean your teeth during the day. These tools can damage enamel and aggravate gum tissue. If you find that your teeth are not feeling clean and debris-free during the day, you can brush in the middle of the day, floss, or use an antimicrobial rinse.

Keep these dental hygiene tips in mind as you go through your daily brushing and flossing routine. Keeping your teeth clean between dental appointments can make a huge difference in the health and the appearance of your teeth. As always our Glendale dental office is here to answer any questions you may have—just give us a call!

19Jun

If you’re looking for a way to boost your dental health, you may want to consider making some small changes to what you’re eating everyday. While daily and professional dental cleanings are clearly the most important parts to maintaining a healthy smile, you can further improve your bacteria-fighting power through your diet.

 

You’re probably thinking that you already know how to get healthier teeth by controlling what you eat—we’re all supposed to be avoiding sweets and processed sugars, right? While this is correct, and undoubtedly minimizing your sugar consumption can help your teeth and gums, there are other foods that you can eat that will actively improve your oral health.

 

Take foods rich in vitamin C, for example. Vitamin C boosts immunity, and can improve your all wellness, but it can also help you keep healthy gums. Vitamin C is critical for collagen production. The way that your gums stay healthy and resilient is through strong collagen. So when you eat or drink substances with vitamin C, you help your gums and oral connective tissues stay resilient.

 

Sometimes it’s not only important what’s in the food, it’s also important how the food feels, or what form the food takes. For example, crunchy vegetables (like carrots, celery, and cucumbers) are obviously healthy for you, but they’re also good for oral health specifically because they are crunchy. When you chew on a crunchy carrot, you actually scrape plaque off of your dental enamel as you chew. This gives your teeth a mini cleaning of sorts, as well as stimulating saliva production.

 

As you can see, the foods you eat are important to your overall well being and your oral health, specifically. Try snacking on crunchy vegetables in the middle of the day to keep your mouth cleaner and your breath fresher. Make sure to consume enough vitamin C throughout the day for maximum gum health. These tips are quite simple, but employed regularly they can make a big difference. If you want to learn more or schedule a consultation with our Glendale dentists, give our Glendale dental office a call! 

05Jun

If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your breath, you know that it can really put a damper on your social interactions, and leave you feeling wary about interacting with new people. Don’t let bad breath stop you in your tracks, our Glendale dentists can help you can take control of your oral health and reclaim good smelling breath with adequate treatment.

 

The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re following an adequate daily oral hygiene routine. You should brush and floss at least twice daily to help diminish plaque and tartar in the mouth and keep your mouth clean and fresh.

 

If you’re already following these simple steps but still experiencing bad breath, you may want to add an antimicrobial mouthwash in your routine. This mouthwash freshens breath temporarily, and it can also kill bacteria that you may have missed brushing.

 

It’s also important to consider any lifestyle changes that may contribute to bad breath. First of all, dry mouth will lead straight to bad breath if left unchecked. Saliva production is a critical component of dental health—saliva helps remineralize teeth and neutralize harmful (and odor causing!) oral bacteria. If you have dry mouth, you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth, so oral bacteria may run rampant.

 

You may begin to experience dry mouth if you’re…

 

  • Dehydrated
  • Stressed
  • Skipping meals

 

Additionally, if you sleep with your mouth open at night, you may find that you wake with a dry mouth and bad breath.

 

So what can you do?

 

Make sure to eat regular meals and drink enough water during the day. Brush and floss regularly with the additional use of a mouthwash. If you’re still experiencing chronic bad breath, you may have existing dental decay that is causing bad breath. Remember that you should have a professional dental check-up and cleaning at least every six months in order to maintain oral health and fresh breath!

 

Give our Glendale dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment!