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January 28th, 2020

Top Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

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Ordering that special someone’s favorite flowers. Looking for that heartfelt card that will make your significant other smile. Looking for the perfect gift. Making dinner reservations for a memorable, rare evening out. Maybe buying some delicious chocolate…

All of these things are common as people prepare for Valentine’s Day. You also want to have good oral hygiene as you prepare for Valentine’s Day this year to make sure your mouth is extra kissable!

Here are 6 reminders to help you prep for the romantic holiday that’s just around the corner.

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Brush twice a day.

One of the best things you can do each day is to brush twice a day. Bacteria builds up for ALL of us, so there’s no way to avoid it. But what you can do is to brush with a toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on it.

Floss…daily.

Are you flossing in between or after meals? One of the biggest culprits that can lead to bad breath (and poor oral hygiene overall) is food that’s still lingering in your mouth, and in particular, in between your teeth. When you don’t floss, food sits between your teeth. That not only causes foul-smelling breath, but it can contribute to plaque accumulation on and between the teeth. In fact, one of the warning signs for persistent bad breath (or almost a bad taste in the mouth) is gum disease, which happens as a result of plaque buildup.

There are other alternatives to traditional floss (such as water flossers and oral irrigators) today, so ask us if you need help in finding a solution that you can adopt for a lifetime.

Cut down or avoid the processed foods.

Ingredients (such as the starches) in common processed foods can hurt your teeth and increase the risk of dental decay. Think of it this way: that starch can be broken down into sugars by enzymes in your saliva, and having so much of that sugar in the mouth can accelerate dental decay.

How so? The sugars commonly found in many processed foods stick to your teeth, and that can rapidly cause plaque to build up. In turn, that plaque attacks enamel and causes not only bad breath, but serious dental decay.

So while the process of dental decay can be true for other foods that stay in our mouth, too, it’s just that processed foods often have lots of starches and/or acids that are extra harmful to the teeth.

Hydrate with water. 

Water is great for our health! Not only is drinking water essential to survive, but it naturally helps us with our oral hygiene (and bonus points if it is fluoridated).

When you drink water throughout the day, you are actually helping to wash away food and particles in the mouth…naturally! Another great point? It’s also a guilt-free way to quench your thirst. Plus, water reduce the chances of dry mouth, which is a factor that can put you at risk for dental decay.

All in all, having a high water intake can help with reducing bacteria, but also can be one way you can fight off cavities, and you can even help minimize stains on your teeth by drinking water consistently.

Consider your tongue.

Ever notice what may look like a brown or even white coating on the tongue? You guessed it: the tongue can be a place where plaque can thrive. Do your best to brush your tongue or ask us about options like a tongue scraper to help minimize the bacteria build-up in your mouth.

Make your appointment for your professional cleaning and checkup.

A so-called “teeth cleaning” does more than just clean your teeth! Removing plaque is absolutely essential to preserve your teeth and to fight bad breath, and that’s part of our goal when you come in and see us.

As you know, bacteria builds-up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth. Brushing and flossing are what you do at home, but a professional cleaning removes bacteria, calculus (tartar), and debris, especially along your gum line. We use special instruments to scrape away this excess tartar and plaque, which can be harmful to your oral health and lead to bad breath you are looking to avoid.

Without doubt, plaque will grow, but it’s all about what you can do to minimize or reduce it!

Also know that we look for other issues or changes with your oral health when you come in to see us. After your teeth are squeaky clean, we fully examine the mouth, searching for disease or other problems, including signs of oral cancer. The first step in treating any problem (minor or serious) is early detection—and that’s why our regular, professional examinations are so key.

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Give Hagen Dental Practice a Call Today

We value making sure you feel relaxed and comfortable during your visit just as much as we value your oral health, and we’ll do everything we can to make you and your entire family feel at home and confident in your oral health. We hope to see you and your family for your next appointment. Give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit our website for convenient online scheduling.

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