We are back with part two of our mini-series on some simple and easy ways to improve the oral health of you, your family, and pretty much anyone you feel like relaying these suggestions to. As a reminder, some of these tips might be a touch elementary, but, as we said in part one, just give yourself a pat on the back if you already know and practice the vast majority of these tips.
Now, if we were betting folk, we might be inclined to place a wager on the chance that you will find one or two tips that serve as healthy reminders for you and yours. Not all of these tips will necessarily be revolutionary, but if you can tweak your daily oral care routine, it might help your overall oral health down the road.
That being said, this is how we’ve got part two mapped out for you — we’ll remind our readers what kind of orthodontic services we offer at Rogers & Andrews, then we’ll recap what we covered in part one, before we get to the meat and potatoes of today’s blog, covering dietary recommendations, flossing technique, and other practical tips. So let’s get going!
Augusta’s Top Orthodontist: Rogers & Andrews
“The staff at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics is both helpful and friendly. They treated my mom, brothers, and my sisters, and we are all incredibly pleased! We’re constantly being complimented on our smiles thanks to them!” – Lakelynn
We are among the Top 3 Orthodontists In Augusta, as determined by Three Best Rated. If you are looking for a new orthodontist, you should know that we offer treatment for people of all ages — we currently have patients from ages five to 73! So if you or your child is experiencing difficulty in chewing, mouthbreathing issues, grinding of teeth at night, finger sucking, or have misplaced, blocked, or crowded teeth, you should know that we offer an initial exam at no charge!
As Lakelynn so graciously pointed out in her testimonial, everyone at our Augusta orthodontist office is dedicated to providing friendly, expert care for our patients. We have a passion for providing individualized orthodontic services which lead to world-class smiles — those same smiles we’ve been crafting since 1973!
Part One Review
To jog your memory, assuming you’ve already read part one, we discussed proper brushing technique alongside the importance of using correct, clean brushing equipment. The five main points we discussed were as follows:
- Get the right equipment
- Brush your teeth often, at least twice per day
- Use proper brushing technique (not too hard!)
- Keep your equipment clean
- Replace your toothbrush at least once every three months
We concluded the blog by highlighting a few of the benefits which fluoridated water has to offer (with one important caveat that’s worth your time to look into).
Brushing correctly and regularly is the foundation of any effective oral care regimen, but flossing is arguably just as important for your gum health. While brushing impacts the surface of the teeth, it leaves the spaces between teeth untouched. If you don’t employ a frequent flossing routine, you are giving over those unseen portions of your mouth to the bacteria and plaque which can cause serious issues over time.
Now that we’ve established the importance of regular flossing (at least once per day), let’s talk about how to do it in the right way.
First, you should grab about 18 inches of floss, winding it around the middle finger of each hand. As you use the floss, it will become dirty. Positioning this floss around each finger will let you wind up the used portion of the floss as you go. Next, hold the floss firmly between your thumbs and forefingers before guiding the floss between each of your teeth. Employ a gentle, steady rubbing motion between each tooth. Once the floss reaches your gumline, curve the floss slightly before you gently slide it between the tooth and gums.
If you haven’t flossed in a while, you might see some bleeding take place. This is to be expected, and a minimal amount of blood is nothing to worry about in most cases. Once you’ve moved the floss up and down the sides of each tooth (don’t forget the back sides!), throw that dirty floss away! Never reuse floss, as it could cause bacteria to spread around your mouth.
The third element of a well-rounded oral care routine is to use an effective mouthwash. Mouthwashes grab most all of the remaining bacteria that’s been unreached by brushing and flossing. There is often debris left over — debris which can lead to serious gum health complications, such as gingivitis, if left unattended to.
Scrape That Tongue
We mentioned it in part one, and we will be sure to mention it in future blogs as well — don’t forget about the tongue! While brushing your tongue each time you brush your teeth is a good start, tongue scrapers are more effective alternative. Bacteria can remain on the tongue and cause bad breath, among other concerning things, so be sure to address your tongue in one way or another!
Dietary Tips – Stop Snacking!
There are a few things worth mentioning with regards to dietary habits and oral health — so many that we might as well devote an entire blog to the topic in its own right — but we’ll keep it brief for the purposes of today’s post.
In reference to snacking, we advise against it, especially if it’s of the midnight variety. Why? You undo all of the work you did when you brushed your teeth before bedtime, giving the bacteria on your teeth a full eight hours (or so) to do feed on the sugars remaining so they can do their damage before you brush your teeth again. Over time, this can lead to tartar and calculus buildup, which is something nobody wants to deal with.
If you are sitting there, reading this blog, and you’ve decided that this blog series was far too elementary — not so fast! Sure, you might have the brushing, flossing, mouth-washing, and self-control to limit snacking, but did you know the following?
- Limit your alcohol intake
- Don’t use tobacco products
- You should see your dentist or doctor if you have changes in smell and taste
- Even if you no longer have your natural teeth, it’s still a good idea to visit your dentist on a regular basis
- Visit your dentist when you experience painful chewing
- Choose dairy products like cheese and yogurt to promote dental health
- Lean proteins help strengthen your teeth
- Don’t use toothpicks or other such objects which could injure your gums
- Don’t be too hard on yourself! No one is perfect, so just try to be as good or better than you were the day before
Visit Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics
As we wrap up this miniseries, we want you to know that these tips and recommendations should not be thought of as a replacement for professional treatment or advice. Rather, instead of a substitute, we hope you think of them as a supplement for professional dental and orthodontic services. In addition, we hope that you’ve learned something(s) practically beneficial after reading these two blogs!
However, seeing as how there is no replacement for educated, professional orthodontic treatment, if you are looking for an orthodontist in Augusta, look no further than Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics! We’ve treated over 15,000 patients and more than 100 dental family members in Augusta, Thomson, and the surrounding Georgia region. But it’s not our numbers that make us a special orthodontic office; it’s our passion for providing individualized, compassionate care for each of our patients. Give us a call for affordable, reliable orthodontic services in Augusta and Thomson! We’d love to hear from you.