Teethy Tips from Dr. Jezzan

  • You must remove plaque if you are to prevent cavities. To do this, try to always brush twice a day, preferably after meals. Floss and use a mouthwash daily. 
  • Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes each session. 
  • Listen to the dentist's rules when it comes to dealing with braces and retainers. Meaning no chewing gum or forgetting to clean them. The better your take care of your braces and retainers, the better they can do their job and the sooner you can go without them.
  • Brush your teeth before going to the dentist but don't over brush. You don't want your gums bleeding. They'll know what you're up to.
  • Don't forget to bring your insurance card to the dentist office with you. 
  • Bring a squeeze ball to the dentist office with you. It helps relieve the tension.
  • Prevention is worth a pound of cure. Brush your teeth regularly, floss, use mouthwash, and get your teeth cleaned every 6 months. If you do these things, you'll be able to avoid major dental issues.
  • Don't brush too hard. This can lead to receding gums and oversensitive teeth.
  • Most water supplies contain fluoride which helps fight cavities. If you don't have time to brush your teeth, swish around some water in your mouth. 
  • Avoid eating too much sugar. This is the leading cause of tooth decay. Avoid drinking sodas frequently and eating hard candy throughout the day. 
  • The proper way to brush your teeth is to hold the tooth brush at a slight angle against your teeth and to move the brush in a short back and forth motion. Make sure to brush all sides of the tooth - inside, outside and chewing surface.
  • Remember to replace your toothbrush - or electronic toothbrush head - every few months. A frayed toothbrush is not capable of doing a proper job so it is best to have a new brush to get your teeth cleaned.
  • Don't wait until a tooth ache is unbearable before going to the dentist. If the pain lasts for more than a day call your dentist and make an appointment. The earlier something is looked at the less work will need to be done.
  • Always be sure that your toothpaste contains fluoride. This is the active ingredient that fights tooth decay.
  • Brush your teeth after meals for at least 3 minutes. Regular brushing is a great way to keep the teeth in good condition
  • Don't brush too hard. Overbrush can make your gums bleeding and teeth sensitive to hot, cold and sweets.
  • Use a mouthwash daily. It helps kill bacteria, that cause bad breath and help prevent gum disease.
  • Use toothpaste which contains fluoride. It promotes tooth remineralization and can make a tooth more decay resistant.
  • Don’t eat too much sugar. Sugary foods and drinks encourage tooth decay
  • Visit your dentist twice a year (even when you think it is not necessary) to make sure your teeth are in good condition. Remember, your dentist can see much more than you.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Good quality toothbrush provides a better clearing. 
  • Stop smoking. Smoking may cause bad breath and easily stains your teeth.
  • Drink plenty water with fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay.
  • Chew sugarless gum, if you can't brush after a meal. It mechanically cleans the surfaces of your teeth and promotes the flow of saliva.

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