Even those who aren't dentists agree- a smile makes everyone look brighter, prettier (or more handsome), and, in general, of better and happier health. However, poor dental hygiene may make it uncomfortable for anyone to do something as simple as showing their smile. Some people may not practice the best dental hygiene. Others can simply be caring for their teeth improperly. Here are some dental hygiene tips to help you maintain good, healthy, and white teeth in-between visits to the dentist. Start Children Early on Good Dental Care Despite our education to teach children about dental problems like tooth decay, dental health is still an issue. Nearly 1 in 5 children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth! Pediatric dentists agree that a child’s dental care should start as soon as their first tooth appears. This usually occurs at around six months of age. A baby’s teeth can be wiped with a clean, damp cloth. You can also use a very soft brush, without toothpaste. At about age 2, kids can try brushing for themselves. Supervise your kids to make sure they brush properly. Keep your Toothbrush as Clean as Your Dentist’s You don't need special equipment or covers to keep the brush itself clean. A thorough rinse in warm water will ensure that food debris and leftover toothpaste do not remain in the bristles. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recommends against using dishwashers, microwaves, or ultraviolet devices to disinfect toothbrushes, as this may damage the toothbrush itself. Dentists generally recommend against storing your toothbrush in a covered or closed container. In fact, the American Dental Association warns that covering your toothbrush can actually breed new bacteria and introduce it into your mouth. Bacteria like to grow in dark, warm and moist places, just like a toothbrush cover. Simply keep…Read more
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