Teeth Talk Tuesday is our blog outlet about interesting dental topics. We’re sharing information about the latest and greatest developments in dentistry as it applies to your life!
Happy September Kleinheinz Dentistry family! As we head into a new school year and changing seasons, routines are on our mind. Routines can help us organize and move through daily life with ease. So here at Kleinheinz Dentistry, we thought we’d propose a few of our favorite dental routines to keep your smiles healthy and beautiful!
Floss, Brush, Swish
Keep your favorite string floss on the counter in your bathroom- the visual cue will remind you to pick it up. Floss below the gumline in a C-shape around the tooth to remove bacteria from your gums. Brush gently with a fluoridated toothpaste (an electric toothbrush is best!). For extra cavity protection, swish with some fluoridated mouth rinse.
Brush, Book, Bed
This routine is introduced with pediatric patients, but we find that it’s a great habit to carry into adulthood. Brush, Book, Bed is meant to remind you to incorporate oral hygiene into the bedtime routine and to eliminate the opportunity to snack once your teeth are clean. (Also, Dr. Ashlin loves to read, if you have any quality book suggestions, please send them her way!)
There are some great dental hygiene products for those of you who live life on the go!
-Disposable, single-use toothbrushes are available online (ie Amazon). These come with toothpaste on the bristles already, so all you need is some water to rinse, and then spit. It’s easy to keep a few of these in your car or purse incase you need to brush on-the-go.
-Opalescence Go Whitening Trays are sold in our office. You wear these for 15 minutes and then toss them in the trash. There are perfect for whitening your teeth in the car, on the way to work, or in the carpool line!
-Carry a water bottle and sugar free gum. Both drinking water and chewing sugar free gum helps increase salivary flow which helps prevent cavities.
Don’t forget to make your back-to-school dental cleaning and check-up appointment (704-542-6003)! Did you know that dental cavities are the most prevalent disease in children in the US?! Having active tooth decay has been associated with poorer performance in school when compared to children with healthy mouths!