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Dental Health Tips Do's and Don'ts

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Spring is here! We wanted to remind our patients on 5 important dental hygiene tips that could help make your spring even better.

1) Replace Your Toothbrush
It's common for bacteria to stay on your toothbrush after brushing your teeth, making it important to use a new toothbrush if you get sick to prevent germs from spreading and even increasing your symptoms. The best way to prevent this is to replace your toothbrush when you get sick. Even if you are not sick, it's always a good idea to replace your toothbrush periodically. If you see the bristles are starting to fray, that is a good sign to get a new toothbrush.

2) Have your children drink water after taking liquid antibiotics
One teaspoon of liquid antibiotics, like that famous gum flavored amoxicillin, contains as much sugar as one can of soda! Make sure you and your children also drink a glass of water to help balance the sugar.

3) Don't forget to floss
Did you know that flossing is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good dental hygiene? Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. Start off with flossing at least once a day. Your future self with thank you for this.

4) Limit soda, coffee, and alcohol
Although these beverages contain high levels of phosphorous, which is a necessary mineral for a healthy mouth, too much phosphorous can deplete the body's level of calcium. This causes dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored.

5) Visit Your Dentist!
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments form occurring. Please call our to schedule your springtime appointment today!
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