It’s pretty much a given that if you don’t take good care of your teeth, you will start facing dental problems and might even up losing a few teeth too. Well, the older you get, the more difficult it gets to reverse the damage, so it’s best that you get your kids to start taking care of their teeth from a young age. Here are 5 dental care tips for toddlers all parents should know:

1.       You have to use fluoride toothpaste when helping your kids brush their teeth. Experts suggest that you start brushing as soon as your kid has his/her first teeth. The reason why fluoride toothpaste is recommended is that it helps prevent decay. Also, if there is a lack of fluoride in the water supply in your area, you will have to give your kids fluoride supplements. Why not make up for it with toothpaste?

2.       Take your kids to the dentist at least two times a year from the time they turn one. The dentist can spot early signs of teething problems. And believe it or not, even two-year olds have had cavities in their teeth. You don’t want to risk that with your tot, do you? Prevention is better than cure. 

3.       Use the right toothbrush which is suited for your kid’s teeth. Don’t ever buy the dollar store brushes, as they can cause harm to the kid’s gum and teeth.

4.       Brush your kid’s teeth gently. Don’t exert the same pressure you do when brushing your own teeth. Be gentle and soft and make sure you cover as much area as possible.

5.       Start flossing your kids’ teeth on a daily basis. You probably floss your teeth daily too, and it is a good practice to floss your kids’ teeth too from an early age. This ensures there aren’t any food particles or other debris stuck between the teeth. And make sure you don’t skip even a day.

 

These are 5 effective dental care tips for toddlers all parents should know. In case your kid feels pain or discomfort in the jaw, make sure you contact a dentist right away. 

Buildup of plaque on the teeth is among the most common dental ailments faced by people around the world. Not only does this expose your teeth to infections and disease, but you might also face sensitivity when eating or drinking something hot or cold. While regular dental care can help you prevent plaque, it is better if you avoid consuming foods which increase the risk of plaque. Here are some foods you should avoid like the plague to prevent plaque:

Candies

It is a known fact that candy is bad for your teeth and can cause cavities and all sorts of problems. Sour candy is the worst culprit because of the acidic content. Generally, sour candies are of the chewy and sticky variety, which means getting them off your teeth is a real hassle. This means there is an increased risk of decay as well. Of course, your sweet tooth might need some indulgence from time to time. In that case, it’s best to go for chocolate.

Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy drinks, or carbonated beverages, cause all sorts of health problems, ranging from diabetes to heart disease, and they affect your teeth as well, even if you drink the diet stuff. In fact, it has been discovered the impact of these drinks on your teeth is the same as a few heavy drugs, including crack cocaine. They cause your mouth to dry out and your teeth might lose their color as well. Not to mention, their acidic content can leave a layer of acid on your teeth. Also, don’t brush your teeth right after you have had soda, as that could worsen the damage.

Potato Chips

 

Yes, most people reach out for a bag of crisps as a snack, but did you know potato chips are loaded with starch? Starch, when stuck between your teeth, serves as food for the bacteria that can eventually cause plaque. And, like the two mentioned above, potato chips are acidic in nature and you know by now that acid isn’t good for your teeth.

This are just a few of the foods that you should avoid or eat in moderation. If you have any questions about other foods or dental questions please feel free to ask! 

Every change in season brings with it a host of health issues. Yet, not many people are aware with the common dental problems associated with particular weather conditions. The holiday season is particularly conducive to dental issues, with all the candy, dessert and fatty food gorged down in the spirit of celebration. To make things a tad easier for you, here is a look at a few handy dental care tips for the winter:

Brush Your Teeth

This one is a no-brainer and you probably don’t need a reminder for brushing your teeth at least twice a day. The main reason why this is mentioned as a tip here is that regular brushing keeps plaque from building up and cleaner teeth are less prone to sensitivity, which can be a nuisance when the temperature gets close to zero. As a side note, it is a good idea to use sensitivity toothpastes for brushing your teeth during the winter.

Stop Smoking

You would know the impact of tobacco on your gum health and teeth color but did you know smoking can increase the risk of acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis during the winter? The symptoms of this ailment are painful and discomforting, such as bad breath, gum pain, and most significantly, damage to gum tissue. Stop smoking, at least for the winter, to reduce the risk.

Visit a Dentist

Last, but not the least, with the winter yet to take full effect, now is the time to schedule a visit to the dentist. This is important because your immune system will be working at full tilt to fight off the harmful effects of the cold weather and it could increase the risk of inflammation or infection of the gums. You don’t want to spend Christmas with your gums infected, as it can be painful.

So, these are a few basic dental care tips for the winter that you should follow. As you can see, it doesn’t take much to ensure your teeth remain in top shape during the holiday season!

Good or bad oral health affects the general health of a person. Dentists and medical experts found correlations between gum diseases, diabetes, smoking and obesity. Before consulting your doctor, your dentist might already have an idea of what’s going on.

Human body is made up of cells and they depend upon the nutrients supplied in the blood streams. But prior to this, nutrients have to go through digestive processes. Normally their point of entry is at the mouth. Those nutrients have to be chewed and swallowed. Thus, their first contacts are the teeth and gums. So, what’s the ideal diet for good oral health that can affect our holistic buildup? 

Beverages

Water

The level of fluoride on tap water can remineralize teeth. Remineralization is the process when minerals are deposited again on the enamel layer of the teeth after being stripped away by acids. Mineral water which has pH level of 7.6 is found to be the least acidic among drinks.

Tea

Compounds called polyphenols in green or black tea can reduce the growth of bacteria and other toxins that cause cavities and gum diseases. Another antioxidant, catechin, can prevent harmful bacteria as well. A study also found out that tea is rich of fluoride which strengthens teeth.

Dairy Products

Milk

Calcium in milk can neutralize acids that are produced by plaque bacteria. Calcium also remineralizes teeth. It also contains a protein called casein that helps tooth structure and fortification.

Cheese

Cheese can lower acid or pH levels in our mouth because it has low sugar and acid contents. Chewing cheese also increases saliva production that naturally washes away bacteria from the mouth. Examples of these cheeses are cheddar, parmesan and other aged cheeses.

Yogurt

Yogurt is another source of casein. It also contains minerals like calcium and phosphates that help remineralize teeth.

Whole Grains

Oatmeal, whole wheat bread, brown rice, etc

A study shows that eating at least four servings of whole grains a day could lower the risk of periodontal diseases. These grains are said to be digested more slowly and that causes steadier increase of blood glucose.

Nuts and Proteins

Nuts and Seeds

They are a good source of protein and they are also packed with micronutrients such as phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, potassium and calcium. Almonds are especially good source of calcium.

Lean beef, poultry, eggs, fish, beans, etc

These protein-rich foods are also best sources of phosphorus. Both protein and phosphorous are minerals that can help protect and rebuild the tooth enamel. They are important for tissue development and provide immunity functions for the teeth.

Vegetables and Fruits

Raisins

Raisins contain phytochemicals that fight cavity-causing plaque bacteria. It has also antioxidants that fight the causes of inflammation and other gum problems. Raisin is naturally sweet but it has no sucrose content.

Pear

Fresh fruits normally stimulate the production of saliva. One fibrous fruit that has large degree of acid neutralizing effect on tooth surface is pear.

Oranges, Lemons, Kiwis, Strawberries

These fruits contain Vitamin C that helps and heals delicate gums. They can also reverse teeth discolorations that are caused by beverages such as coffee and wine.

Cranberries, blueberries, raspberries

They contain anthocyanin that can prevent pathogens from sticking to teeth. Cranberries also contain polyphenols like those on teas.

Carrots, Apples, Cucumber

Chewing these crunchy fruits can disturb plaque buildup. They are good teeth scrubbers and can increase salivation.

Celery

Raw celery is good for the teeth because when you chew, saliva production is triggered. The best feature of celery is that it can break down into many fibrous strands that clean the teeth naturally.

Others

Sugar-Free Gum

This gum contains xylitol that prevents plaques because it is sugarless. Chewing this gum can boost saliva secretion. Ideally it should be chewed 3-5 times a day.

Sesame Oil

 

Gargling sesame oil has resulted preventive effects against gingivitis. 

Are you Brushing your Teeth the Wrong Way

You think you might be brushing your teeth wrong? You want to know how to brush it the right way? Yes? If so, you came to the right place; be not afraid as you will not brush your teeth in the wrong way again.

Tooth brushing is the most common form of oral hygiene practice. Everyone wants to have healthy teeth and gums. Proper tooth brushing techniques can help you avoid oral diseases like cavities and gum disease.

The following are several tooth brushing mistakes people commonly do and how to fix them.

Using the Wrong Style of Tooth Brush

Most use the wrong kind of brush for their teeth. The tooth brush should be comfortable for you; it should not be too big or too small that you do not have to strain your mouth during brushing. Also, using a tooth brush with hard and stiff bristles can hurt the gums; soft-bristles tooth brushes are enough to brush off the soft plaque on the teeth.

Also replace your tooth brush regularly. After three to four months, a tooth brush loses its effectiveness.

Your Dentist should be able to tell you the exact kind of toothbrush you should be using.

Brushing Not Enough or Too Much

Many brush their teeth thirty seconds or less, falling short of the recommended two to three minutes of brushing. Regular brushing of two to three minutes two to three times a day is best to keep the bacteria in the mouth in check. But brushing too much is not healthy as it can erode the tooth enamel and can cause tooth sensitivity.

Not Flossing

Dental floss can significantly increase the effectiveness of brushing the teeth by opening up the gaps between the teeth. Flossing before brushing the teeth allows the fluoride in the toothpaste to seep in much better.

Brushing in a Rushed Way—Back and Forth, All Around

Many brush all their teeth at the same time. That is a big no-no. Brush in a circular motion focusing on few teeth at a time. Brush systematically; start with your left side then the middle and then the right. Also, when you brush, angle the brush at a 45-degree angle which allows you to clean under the gums and effectively clean the mouth.

You also do not need to brush too rushed and certainly not in an aggressive manner. Most food particles residue on the teeth can be can be taken out even with a small amount force exerted on the tooth brush.

Rinsing the Mouth Just After Brushing

Many use mouth wash just after brushing their teeth which result to the fluoride, which strengthen the surface of the teeth, being washed away. It is recommended to rinse the mouth thirty minutes after brushing to let the fluoride do its job first.

 

Many seem oblivious to proper tooth brushing techniques. They employ wrong techniques which result to their teeth getting broken. However, proper tooth brushing techniques will ensure that you show the best and the happiest smile of that charming you.

Going to the Dentist while Pregnant

First time mothers, and even those women who will have their second or third child already, are very cautious before engaging into different medical procedures because of fear that it might affect the unborn baby in a negative way. One of the things taken into careful consideration is the appointment and visits to the dentist. Some say that having dental work while pregnant will result to a premature birth of the baby. Well the truth is; that is one of the fallacies pregnant women blindly follow. In fact it is highly recommended to take trips to the dentist to avoid abnormal buildup of plaque in the oral cavity.

Study shows that when women are pregnant, there is an excessive production of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are present abundantly because they strengthen the baby’s hold to the mother. They make sure that the baby is well-kept and intact in the uterus for the entire duration of the pregnancy. But these same hormones, which circulate the body via the blood, may cause some complication to the mother.

What happens if I don’t go the dentist?

When these hormones’ level is high, there are more risks that the pregnant women face because of not going to the dentist, than actually going to the dentist. They may suffer from:

(1)Pregnancy gingivitis. This is a less serious form gum disease that the pregnant women may acquire from plaque buildup. Symptoms include swelling, redness, and bleeding of gums.

 

a.    In rare cases, pregnant women may also develop so-called pregnancy tumors which not actual tumors but rather nodules that form on the surface of the gums. These outgrowths are so sensitive they can cause gum bleeding even in slightest contact with solid objects.  (Symptoms same with gingivitis)

 

(2)The development of a more serious gum disease (periodontitis) is also likely. If left untreated, this will cause the surrounding gum tissues and bones to which the teeth are anchored to slowly detach from the infected teeth. This leads the teeth to loosen and eventually fall off.

 

How will I avoid gum diseases?

(1)Follow recommended diet (more on the organic, less of the synthetic) and if possible cut back on the sweets especially if your gums became extra sensitive with your pregnancy.

(2)Be more stringent with your oral hygiene. Brush and floss every after meal.

(3)See your dentist regularly for cleaning, at least twice during your pregnancy (preferably during second trimester). But if you notice something unusual with your oral health, frequent the visits.

What else can I do while at the dentist?

 

Well aside from the cleaning; if your dentist finds a cavity it will likely be suggested for you address it. It will be best to close off the cavity before it can cause other complications. But anything else that will require anesthesia and exposure to xray shall be postponed after giving birth. So are other major dental works such as tooth extraction.

Oral Hygiene and Your Overall Health

Oral hygiene you may ask? Yes it is indeed important for to you and to everyone else. As a matter of fact, your oral hygiene is also connected to your overall health. Take note, experts would agree to this.

Remember, your mouth including your teeth and gums are teeming with lots of bacteria. Your saliva when seen under a microscope, there are lots of bacteria that are wandering. Some are good bacteria and some can cause certain disease.

Well, if you are not brushing and flossing, you may have a high risk of having periodontal disease. Other teeth and gum disease may also happen. This is the reason why you need to brush on a daily basis and if possible, every after meals.

Also, if you are not brushing your teeth, you may also acquire tonsillitis. Take note, this happens especially to kids who are not brushing their teeth. Because of the bad bacterium that multiplies, it may “cling” into your tonsil and thus tonsillitis occurs.

Studies show that you can also have a rheumatic heart disease if in case your tonsillitis occurs very often. The bad bacteria may travel into your heart and thus causing rheumatic heart disease.  The connection to your oral hygiene – brush every day to assure that your mouth is clean and to avoid tonsillitis and rheumatic heart disease.

If in the case you also have diabetes, it will surely aggravate periodontal disease. The reason to this is because your body can’t process excess sugar in your body and that’s why you may have this kind of oral problem as well. Again, it is important that you brush your teeth everyday to promote oral hygiene.

Now to assure oral hygiene and to avoid further onset of certain diseases, you may want to avoid such bad habits like smoking. If you are smoking cigarette or cigars, better stop it now before anything bad happens to your overall health. Remember, smoking can be bad to your teeth and to your breath. Obviously it can cause bad breath and coloration of the teeth and even tooth decay. Further problems of smoking would also cause lung diseases like emphysema and lung cancer.

Drinking alcohol is also a no-no. Again, it will cause tooth decay because of the too much sugar in alcohol beverages. Also, the acid in such beverages may also cause problems in your oral health.

Certain medications can also aggravate some problems in your oral cavities. For instance, in consuming medicines such as tetracycline, it can cause drying of the mouth and therefore, absence of saliva to flush away the bad bacteria in your mouth.

Take into account, there are so many factors that may cause problems in your oral hygiene and even in your overall health. That’s why it is very important that you take care of your teeth and gums at all times.

 

Make it a daily habit to brush and do a dental floss to eliminate tar-tar and any bad bacteria in your mouth. Always have a healthy lifestyle to protect your oral health and your overall health as well.

 

Today, devices have been invented to address so-called human imperfections. This may range from having bad skin, unruly hair, not proportioned body parts, crooked teeth and so on and so forth. The list is surely long but on a positive note, one could now get rid of disorderly teeth by choosing to install braces. Contact us today to schedule an orthodontics consultation.

Can people like me (who over the age of 18) still get braces?

It is for a fact that the human teeth are more malleable during the younger years. (1) Then how about adults who only decided at to have braces on at their age because they could not afford it when they were younger or maybe realized that having the perfect smile will up the game during job hunting? (2) Will that be an issue? (3) Are they still qualified to get braces even as adults already? The answers are:

(1)Nobody is too old to get their teeth fixed

(2)It is not and will not be an issue as long as you are following orders from your dentist

(3) Yes, Yes, Yes!

The only downside to this is that it will take longer to get the desired results, but nonetheless you will reach that point eventually.

Why will I need braces as an adult?

Over the years, the teeth arrangement of an average person can go from very good to horribly bad. This is a result of lifestyle and the natural growth of the teeth. Thus, it will be necessary to address the shifting of the teeth to avoid complications such as: jaw pain, crowded teeth, chewing problems and headaches. Although it will require some adjustments in your lifestyle such as diet and hygienic practice it will be worth it. And aesthetically, adults face the pressure of maintaining a pleasant look. This includes a megawatt smile to go with your lovely face.

What are the options I have if I decided to get braces?

The dental practice involving braces has evolved significantly. You can now opt not to have the usual bulky metallic braces that give you, well, a geeky vibe. Listed below are other procedures you can choose from. However please note that it is still your dentist’s discretion on how to correlate your option and your condition.

(1)Metal braces - the typical high-grade stainless steel that is attached to the front of teeth.

(2)Clear ceramic braces – also attached to the front of the teeth but unlike metal braces, they are inconspicuous since it blends with the color of the teeth.

(3)Lingual braces  the brackets are concealed because that attach to the back of teeth.

 

(4)Invisible braces – are clear and removable devices called aligners which are customized according to your teeth’s condition. 

Water is life – this is a cliché description of water. It is believed that drinking enough water – at least 8 glasses a day – promotes good health and vitality. Thus, drinking a lot of water is always promoted. There are a lot of known advantages of drinking water – increases energy & relieves fatigue; promotes weight loss; 3. Flushes out toxins; improves skin complexion; maintains regularity; boosts immune system; natural headache remedy; prevents cramps & sprains; and puts you in a good mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy thus, with the technology today, innovations involving water rose. Right now, from well and tap waters came the mineral water, alkaline water, and even kangen water. These kinds of water are more likely processed and are packaged in bottles.

Moreover, a lot of people are embracing a healthy lifestyle and believing that bottled water should be a part of their diet. Drinking a good amount of bottled water is often encouraged by doctors and dieticians alike, since staying hydrated is an important component of being healthy. Furthermore, bottled water is often marketed as being better for you as it seems like a healthier choice in beverages when compared to other sugary drinks, but it may be doing your teeth a disservice. Your bottled water could be missing some elements that promote oral health.  In addition, most bottled water does not contain fluoride. Yet, drinking from a bottle instead of the tap is becoming more popular since it’s healthier to drink bottled water instead of sodas. Hence, the use of bottled water has doubled in the past decade.

As more consumers sip bottled water, fewer of them ingest enough fluoride to prevent cavities. If bottled water is your main source of drinking water, you could be missing the decay-preventive benefits of fluoride; a big reason why dentists are finding more cavities in younger children. Fluoride in water helps prevent tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent. Water without fluoride has the biggest impact on children under the age of eight. These are the ages in which their teeth are still growing. After your teeth have grown, dentists say it is fine to drink bottled water. Just be sure to get fluoride in your system with fluoride toothpastes or rinses.

To help, the following are tips to get fluoride.

● Consume commercially prepared foods and beverages that are fluoride-fortified. You may check the label of the item you are  buying.

● Fluoridated toothpaste and/or professionally-applied gels or varnishes. These products can help strengthen teeth by hardening the outer enamel surface. This helps the teeth generate and replenish the lost enamel of the teeth.

●Take in dietary fluoride supplements (tablets, drops or lozenges). Supplements are available only by prescription and are intended for children ages six months to 16 years living in areas without fluoridated water in their community.

However, how can water with fluoride work? Fluoride battles dental cavities by strengthening tooth enamel of the teeth damaged by acid. Unfortunately, the majority of bottled waters contain little or no fluoride. In fact, fluoride may even be removed from water during the filtration process. Furthermore, how can bottled water be bad for your teeth? There are no studies completed to prove whether bottled waters contribute to dental cavities, it may be too early to tell how drinking bottled water affects your teeth. But, a lot, especially dentists believe that bottled water already went through thorough filtration processes, it already lost its fluoride content thus, believed to be not helping in replenishing the lost enamel of the teeth. It is thought that people who drink a lot of water in bottle and are the ones who do not use fluoride-full toothpastes or gels will eventually have weak teeth because of the loss of fluoride intake. That is the reason as well that a lot of companies have advertised their products to be filled with fluoride.

 

The next time you buy a bottle of water or use a filtration system, think about your teeth, too. Fluoride helps prevent cavities, and since dental health is linked to overall health, you'll want to take the right steps to keep your mouth in great shape. Talk to your dentist about the benefits of fluoride, and include dental care in your plans for a healthy lifestyle. After all, you've worked hard for that body -- why not have a great set of teeth to go with it? 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth roots that are made of synthetic material, and are anchored to your jaw by surgery in order to keep a replacement tooth or a bridge in place. Implants give the advantage of not having to depend on any of the neighboring teeth to stay in place and they are permanent. An implant is a preferred solution to replacing lost teeth because they appear and feel just like your natural teeth.

The materials used in making implants are various types of bone-like and metallic porcelain materials suitable to human body tissue. Dental implants can be done in a variety of ways. One is to position it into the jaw bone, just as a natural tooth root would occur. Another way, if  there is limited jaw structure, is to create a metal framework, custom-made, that is fitted right on the existing bone structure.

Who can use dental implants?

You should discuss with your dentist whether or not you are a good prospect for a dental implant. It is important that your health is good and that you have healthy bone structure and gums for the implant to stably take hold. Patients who cannot use dentures may additionally be great prospects, specifically for Mini Implants. If you have chronic trouble, such as clenching or grinding, or any conditions of the system, like diabetes, the rate of success for a dental implant reduces significantly. Furthermore, smoking cigarettes or consuming alcohol reduce your chances of being a good candidate for dental implants.

The dental implant procedure

The dentist does a surgical procedure, anchoring the artificial root directly into your own jaw bone. It is an in-house surgery that requires only local anesthesia. Afterwards, medications can be taken for any soreness or pain.

Length of the procedure

It can take up to nine months from start to finish to do the implant procedure. New technologies are being developed to attempt to reduce the time needed to heal from the process. Since the healing process is different for each patient, the healing times will differ. The healing process can go for as long as six months, following the surgical insertion of the screws and posts, and up to two months after that for the fitting of the replacement teeth to be completed.

Success rate of implants

The rate of success for implants is dependent upon the location of the tooth in the mouth and its purpose. The for teeth positioned in the front of the lower jaw, the rate of success is around 95%, and for teeth positioned on the upper jaw in the rear or on the sides it is about 85%.

Care of implants

Your general health does have an impact on your dental implant’s rate of success. If you have poor oral hygiene, you have more of a chance of implant failure. It's important to regularly brush and floss around the implants minimally two times per day. The dentist will provide you with guidelines on the exact care of the dental implants. Extra dental cleanings, as much as four per year, might be required to guarantee the gums stay healthy.

Cost of implants

Because implants are done as a surgical procedure and are a more involved process, the cost is higher than for normal bridge work. Some dental treatments or portions of the procedure can be included in your dental or medical insurance. You can ask your dentist if your policy covers the procedure.

Choosing a dentist trained in dental implants

 

Dentists that can perform dental implants go through a program of extensive training on the procedure. Your dentist may do the treatment or he may consult with specialists  to get the desired outcome needed. Be sure to ask your dentist questions regarding his/her education in dental implant procedures.

Recommended brushing techniques

There are a variety of efficient techniques for brushing your teeth. If you talk to your dentist or dental hygienist, they can help you figure out which method will be the most comfortable and effective for you, taking into account the position of your teeth and condition of the gums.

One of the easiest methods to use is to brush with the toothbrush in a circular or elliptical pattern, concentrating on a few teeth at a time, throughout the mouth.

The toothbrush should be angled at about 45-degrees to your teeth, carefully brushing teeth in a circular pattern. Make sure you cover all surfaces, brushing the teeth on the outside, inside, and along the tongue, concentrating on the chewing areas, as well as in between the teeth.  Brushing in a movement that goes back and forth, could increase the likelihood of the gums to recede, or might inflame the root area or cause the surface of the root to become exposed. The gum line could become worn down.

Choosing a soft or hard toothbrush

Typically, you should choose a brush that is little, about 1″, for to ensure it can easily access all parts of the mouth. A long handle makes it easier to hold on to. Using a soft brush with multiple length bristles will give you the most effective cleaning. The bristles should be a soft nylon, rounded at the ends. It is not recommended to use hard or even medium bristles. If you use too hard a brush, it could wear down the enamel of the teeth. When brushing, do not press down too hard on the teeth; a firm pressure, adequate to reach in between the teeth is best.

Length of brushing

Dentists usually suggest brushing for about 3-4 minutes. An excellent idea is to turn the radio on while brushing and brush along for the duration of a song. You can also use an egg timekeeper to keep track of your brushing length. Often people will think that they are brushing for a longer time than they actually are, however, most actually end up brushing for only a minute. To ensure you are doing an adequate brushing and not missing areas of the teeth, it’s recommended that you do a full brushing of 3-4 minutes, twice daily, instead of shorter, quick brushings throughout the day.

Brushing at work

Most Americans don’t brush while at work, however a report by Oral-B Laboratories and also the Academy of General Dentistry shows that if you do keep a toothbrush at the office, the possibility that you will clean your teeth during the day goes up by 65%, so dentists do suggest using a toothbrush at work is a good practice. It ensures that the snacks and sweets you eat during the day aren’t left on the teeth, switching to harmful acids. As long as you brush with fluoride toothpaste morning and at night, then you don’t need to use toothpaste at the office. It is adequate enough to use just do a quick cleanup with the toothbrush and water before going back to work. If you don’t have a brush, a quick swishing of the water assists greatly in keeping the teeth clean.