5 Tips for a Healthy Smile

  • Brush for at least two minutes
  • Select a brush with soft bristles
  • Brush twice a day
  • Select a brush that fits easily in your mouth
  • Brush all surfaces of your teeth
  • Apply firm pressure but don’t press too hard
  • Hold brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums

Advantages of Power Toothbrushes

Many people enjoy using a power toothbrush. Studies indicate that you can do a good job brushing with a regular toothbrush. However, a power toothbrush can be beneficial for people who have difficulty applying enough pressure on their own, such as kids and seniors. Benefits of power toothbrushes include:

  • Power sensors so you don’t press too hard or not hard enough
  • Timers so you remember to spend enough time on each section of your smile
  • Apps that allow kids to monitor their brushing
  • Rechargeable models

Smoking is Deadly for Your Smile

Most people realize that smoking causes heart disease and cancer. But it can also wreak havoc on your smile in the following ways:

  • Inhibits your body’s ability to fight plaque and tartar which can cause cavities and gum disease
  • Increases your risk of contracting several types of oral cancer
  • Decrease success rate and increases recovery time for oral surgery
  • Reduces the amount of oxygen delivered to your gums, which makes it harder to fight gum disease
  • Causes dry mouth which increases your chances of getting cavities

Avoid Sugary Foods

Foods that contain sugar cause cavities. You should try to limit the amount of sugar you eat, particularly between meals. Many people find it helpful to provide their kids with healthier snacks such as fruit.

Visit Your Baton Rouge Dentist

Another great thing you can do to protect your smile is to visit Dr. Barksdale for regular checkups. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment today.

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