Monday, September 19, 2016
From a recent poll:
49% of men brush their teeth only once a day.
57% of women brush their teeth only once a day.
And, the average person only brushes his or her teeth for 30 seconds each time—not nearly long enough! That’s only one-fourth of the time really needed!
Brush Softer, And Take The Full 2 Minutes
Many choose to brush more vigorously to save time. Although it’s quicker, brushing aggressively can wear down tooth enamel. If you brush harder than needed, remember to brush gently but thoroughly for the full two minutes.
Think About Your Brushing Technique
For the deepest clean possible, brush at a 45-degree angle in small circular motions around all tooth surfaces. One of the biggest places for build-up is around the gum line. If neglected, gums can become swollen and infected because of plaque left behind.
Clean Your Tongue!
The tongue is the biggest bacteria host in the mouth! If you only brush your teeth, the bacteria left on your tongue transfers to your teeth, making them dirty again. Remember to clean every area of the tongue. If you experience a gag reflex when using a toothbrush, consider trying a tongue scraper. A clean tongue helps keep your teeth clean, and it helps keep your breath fresh!
We Love Your Smile
We’re focused on helping your smile look and feel its best! We’re committed to your overall health as well. Remember, brushing twice a day for two minutes each time is a necessity, not a recommendation.
Thanks for reading our blog, and happy brushing!
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Monday, September 5, 2016
Cheap over-the-counter mouthguards may seem appealing because of the low price tag, but without the correct protective properties, cheap mouthguards could cost an athlete more in the long run.
Not All Mouthguards Give Equal Protection
Contrary to custom-fitted athletic mouthguards, over-the-counter options are often uncomfortable to wear and do not provide the proper amount of protection to the teeth and mouth. On the other hand, custom mouthguards are far more comfortable because they are made to fit your mouth specifically.
Other benefits of custom mouthguards include:
~easy breathing and improved speech for maximum endurance and clear communication
~a secure fit that stays in place during impact
~professionally sized to any mouth size
~resistant to irritation of sensitive gums
~reduced risk and severity of dental injuries
~rated for the highest level of protection
~minimal discomfort and inconvenience when worn
Mouth Protection Is An Investment
Although personalized athletic mouthguards have a higher cost than over-the-counter options, they can potentially save you from serious expenses from injuries sustained from insufficient protection.
We Want To Help Protect Your Smile
Investing in a custom mouthguard can make all of the difference for you and your family’s oral health. While participating in sports and other activities is fun, it’s important that you protect your beautiful smile while doing so! Let’s talk about your unique and individual oral safety needs. If you or someone you know are in need of a custom mouthguard or have questions about custom mouthguards, please contact us.
Thank you for being our valued patient and friend!
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