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3 Tips For Maintaining Dental Hygiene Even If You Hate Brushing Your Teeth

Man brushing teeth isolated on white Your oral health and overall health are both affected by dental hygiene. However, many people hate brushing their teeth, making maintaining good dental hygiene difficult. Don’t despair if you fall into this category! Even if you hate brushing, you can still keep your teeth clean and healthy. Here are 3 tips for maintaining dental hygiene even if you hate brushing.

The Right Way to Brush Your Teeth

It is important to brush correctly to maintain good oral health. Most people know the basics of brushing their teeth but may not be doing it correctly. Incorrect brushing can lead to a build-up of plaque and tartar, which can then lead to cavities and gum disease.

The following tips will help you brush your teeth properly:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Place the toothbrush against your teeth at a 45-degree angle.
  • Use gentle circular motions to brush.
  • Brush the front, top, and back of your teeth.
  • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Spit the toothpaste out after brushing.

These tips will help you brush your teeth correctly and keep your smile healthy! And, if you feel like you are still struggling to reach all those hard-to-reach places, we recommend trying an electric toothbrush. A few on the market can help ensure your entire mouth is getting the clean it needs. If clinicians can benefit from innovative oral care practices, there is no reason why patients cannot too!

The Right Way to Floss Your Teeth

Most people are aware of the importance of flossing their teeth. Flossing removes plaque and bacteria between the teeth and helps prevent gum disease. But did you know there is a right and wrong way to floss?

The wrong way to floss is to simply rip off a piece of floss and jam it into your teeth. Bleeding and gum damage can result from this. The right way to floss is to gently slide the floss between your teeth, using a light back-and-forth motion.

So next time you reach for the floss, remember to be gentle! Your gums will thank you.

Using Mouthwash Properly

Mouthwash can be a great way to keep your mouth clean and your breath smelling fresh. But did you know there is a right and a wrong way to use mouthwash?

It’s true – misusing mouthwash can actually do more harm than good. For this reason, it’s vital to use mouthwash properly. In this article, we’ll give you a quick rundown of everything you need to know about using mouthwash correctly.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Always follow the directions on the label
  • Don’t swallow mouthwash – it can be toxic
  • Don’t use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth – wait at least 30 minutes.

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Looking for a family dentist in Boulder, CO? Don’t hesitate to contact Adler Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call 303-449-1119. 

Supplements for Dental Health

FullSizeRender (9) Supplements are a great tool when trying to detoxify and enhance our immune systems. Our immune system plays a huge roll in the health of our mouths. It’s often said that the mouth is a window into our overall health. If we can keep our mouths healthy, we can positively affect our overall health.  In order to keep our mouths healthy, we need to support our immune system.

This week we spent over 24 hours of continued education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies learning about advanced hygiene techniques such as using light, sound, and supplements to enhance our patients oral health. We have been using ligh (laser) in our office for quite some time to eradicate bacteria during cleanings. Stay tuned for another blog post to learn more about this holistic approach and how the laser works to increase your overall health!

Having your teeth cleaned in our office is a great start, but if you ever have bleeding in your tissues, we know that this is a sign of infection and you may want to consider bumping up your immune system as a tool to help. Using our tissue therapy and your customized home care routine we are creating an environment in your mouth for your immune system to heal. That being said, we need to support your immune function so you can heal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Below is a short list of supplements to ensure you have in your daily arsenal to support your immune system and keep your mouth healthy!

Coenzyme Q10

COQ10 is a compound that occurs naturally in the cells within the human body. It serves as a power generator in all the cells. Studies show that as little as 100 MG of COQ10 daily decreases the amount of bacteria under the gum tissue. Studies also show that diseased (bleeding) gum tissue contains NO COQ10. The goal is for the COQ10 to strengthen the body so it can fight off bacteria more successfully. This supplement is even more necessary if you take a Statin- as this depletes COQ10 from the body. The COQ10 will also counteract some of the muscle weakness and pain that commonly happens when taking a cholesterol lowering medication.

We recommend a form of COQ10 called Ubiquinol at 150 mg per day.

*This supplement is not recommended if you are taking Wafrarin/Cumadin

Vitamin C

30% of the population is deficient in Vitamin C. Vitamin C is one of the safest, most effective supplements you can take. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and connective tissue formation. It is also used to manufacture glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body. Vitamin C supports immune function and will help your mouth heal from any bleeding tissues. We recommend 500 mg per day of ascorbic acid. An increased dosage can be used if you are healing from an injury or fighting an illness.

Oral Probiotics

Oral probiotics are yet another way to support the tissues in your mouth. Just like our guts, our mouths can be overrun with bad odor causing bacteria. Dental probiotics are specific to the mouth bacteria and different from the gut probiotics that you may already be taking. Probiomax DDS is a chewable probiotic designed to activate in the oral cavity for support of healthy teeth and gums. As you chew the peppermint-flavored tablet, it releases a strain of bacteria called Streptococcus salivarius—a beneficial bacterium that normally occurs in a healthy oral cavity. This bacteria then attaches to cells in the oral cavity and colonizes, positively affecting the bacterial population therein and naturally improving the health of the teeth and gums.

Remember, it is always a good idea to speak to your doctor prior to adding any new supplements to your home care routine. We carry all of these supplements in office for your convenience, at a discounted rate for our guests.

Heather Carpenter

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