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10 Dental Hygiene Tips

10 Dental Hygiene Tips - Florida Career College

They say that your mouth and smile is the window to your health, and it is true. In fact, if you suffer with poor oral hygiene, you may find yourself sick more often and you may experience infections in other areas of your body as well.

When people look at you, they notice your teeth and your smile. If you do have poor dental hygiene or teeth you are not happy with, it can make life difficult and cause you to skip out on social events, especially those events where pictures are taken.

Fortunately, caring for your teeth is not hard when you have the information you need at your fingertips. Below, we will talk about 10 dental hygiene tips that can ensure your smile remains bright, white, and beautiful.

TIP #1: EAT A HEALTHY DIET

The food that you eat and the drinks you consume play an important role in whether your teeth will be healthy or not. If you eat and drink only junk foods, you may find that you have more dental caries than someone who eats fresh fruits and vegetables.

TIP #2: GO TO THE DENTIST

While this may seem like a “duh” comment, there are people who do not go to the dentist and some for good reason too. If you have had a bad experience at the dentist in the past, look for a dentist who is willing to accommodate you. It is vital that you receive regular dental checkups to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

TIP #3: BRUSH PROPERLY

You would be surprised to learn how many people do not brush their teeth properly. In fact, you may be one of them. Brushing your teeth correctly removes all the plaque and other bacteria that causes decay.

If you are unsure of how to brush your teeth, speak with your dentist, as he or she can assist you.

TIP #4: SKIP THE SODA

Soda is horrible for your teeth and can cause decay, gum disease, and even deplete some of the calcium in your body. Water is the best source of fluids, but, if you absolutely need to drink a soda, utilize a straw to keep the soda itself off your teeth.

TIP #5: DON’T SKIP THE FLOSS

Food that remains trapped between your teeth will cause tooth decay. It is important that you floss your teeth regularly to ensure no food is left behind.

TIP #6: CHEW GUM

As a kid you always wanted to chew gum and your parents may have told you no. Fortunately for you, it is recommended. Chewing gum helps to wash away bad bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities.

Of course, you should chew sugar-free gum to prevent any additional sugar from being on your teeth.

TIP #7: USE THE RIGHT TOOTHBRUSH

Using the right toothbrush can make a HUGE difference and will ensure you are properly removing food particles and plaque from your teeth and from between your teeth. If you are not sure which toothbrush you should be using, ask your dentist.

TIP #8: CLEAN YOUR TOOTHBRUSH AND REPLACE IT OFTEN

Your toothbrush is used to clean your teeth which means you need to clean your toothbrush too. If you do not clean the toothbrush, all that plaque will remain there and the next time you use the brush, you are putting that plaque back into your mouth.

In addition, you need to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Sometimes, you may need to replace the brush sooner than that.

TIP #9: GET SOME MOUTHWASH

Mouthwash reaches areas in your mouth that you cannot. It is recommended that you use a mouthwash and swish with it for a minimum of one minute after you are done brushing and flossing.

TIP #10: STOP THE SNACKING

If snacking is your thing, cut it out. Snacking in between your brushings will only cause food to sit in between your teeth and bacteria love this, which means you could end up with one or more cavities over time.

BECOME A DENTAL ASSISTANT AT FLORIDA CAREER COLLEGE

Training to become a dental assistant is easy when you choose to learn at Florida Career College. Our dental assistant program prepares you to work in an in-demand field that allows you to work closely with patients.

Whether you have always pictured yourself working with teeth or you simply want to help people be in better oral health, this may be an excellent career choice for you.

At Florida Career College, our dental assistant program can be completed in as few as 10 months, which helps fast track you towards an entry-level position. When you reach the end of the program, you will receive on-the-job training and complete a 170-hour externship.

If you would like to learn more about Florida Career College or our dental assistant program, now is the time to reach out to one of our admissions specialists.

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