Monday, May 14, 2012

5 Oral Health Tips for a Great First Impression!

Your smile is one of the first things people notice! why not make a great first impression?

Yes, it takes a little time and effort, but keeping a healthy smile is beneficial to your health and your image. Just remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile.

Here are some tips on how to keep a healthy smile:

Tip 1. Brushing!
Brushing twice a day will not only make your teeth look and feel fresh, but will give you better smelling breath for those close encounters. I recommend brushing once in the morning after breakfast and once in the evening before bed. Brush with fluoride containing toothpaste for 2-3min. And you know that cute girl in the cubicle next to you with the everlasting fresh breath?...yep, she carries a toothbrush with her to work, so don't be afraid to keep one in your purse or desk drawer.

Tip 2: Flossing!
Dental floss reaches areas your toothbrush can't go, those in-between the teeth spots. Flossing not only removes the food stuck between your teeth, but also bacterial plaque that cause cavities and bad breath. Floss at least once a day, twice if you're really dedicated to your oral health.

Tip 3: Eat the right stuff!
A well-balanced diet includes fruits, vegetables, proteins such as chicken and fish, and carbs such as whole wheat bread and grains. Blueberries, pomegranate and green tea contain bacteria-fighting antioxidants. Yogurts and cheeses contain probiotics and calcium that regulate bacteria and strengthen tooth enamel. Avoid colas, the citric and phosphoric acids in soda wear away tooth enamel, and the high content of sugar contributes to plaque build-up and formation of cavities. 

Tip 4: Water is your friend!
Water works on so many levels. Water hydrates gums and lips, leaving them healthy and supple. Water maintains balanced electrolytes throughout your oral cavity and entire body. Water rinses excess bacteria from your mouth. Water combats plaque build-up and bad breath. Water is a healthy alternative to juices and sodas.

Tip 5: Make friends with a Dentist!
If you're gonna visit him/her every six months, and make a potentially lifelong relationship, make sure its someone who is passionate about dentistry and your well being. Your six-month dental visit includes a professional cleaning and comprehensive exam, including checkup for cavities, evaluation of gum health and oral cancer screening of your entire mouth. The best way to avoid tooth decay is prevention through regular checkup and cleanings. Prevention is your best investment!

You can learn more about healthy foods for healthy teeth here!

For any questions about oral hygiene, feel free to ask!

Best Regards, 

Dr. Josh Berd, DDS
Dentist and Educator
San Francisco, California

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