I’m not a big sugar eater most of the time (although I can’t resist a piece of good dark chocolate on a regular basis). But there is something about those mini Halloween chocolates that is just irresistible isn’t there? Those tiny little bites of sugary goodness are just too good to pass up. They are so tiny that how can you not have just one.? Or two. Or three. Or…well you know how that goes. But it’s ok. A healthy diet overall is essential to good health and a little indulgence (even over indulgence) once in a while isn’t the end of the world. But if you are going to enjoy some sweet goodie it’s really important to make sure you take care of those teeth.
Using the right tools and techniques are important for oral health and preventing cavities. First off, make sure you are equipped with the right tools. The Truly Radiant™ Extra White Manual Toothbrush (my new favorite toothbrush) is the only manual brush that features a unique rotating head, plus elongated all-access bristles designed to blast away surface stains. Using this brush will not only help keep teeth pearly white, it will also help brush away those pesky sugar bugs that cause cavities.
Pair this with the Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste and you have yourself a winning cavity fighting pair.
Once you have the right tools it’s time to perfect your technique. The best way to clean your teeth is to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle using short strokes and an up and down motion. Brushing like this will help remove any plaque or bacteria that can build up on the teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend brushing for a minimum of two minutes to thoroughly remove plaque and combat bad breath. By the way there are some timer smart phone apps made especially to encourage kids to brush for a full two minutes. Of course you don’t have to be a kid to use them!
When brushing, be gentle and avoid brushing too hard (this is a common mistake people make). Make sure the entire mouth gets cleaned by brushing the outer and inner tooth surfaces and back molars, and don’t forget the tongue, a popular spot for bacteria.
Here’s question for you – How old is your toothbrush? Replacing your toothbrush is another one of those things that we often don’t put much thought into but it’s really an important part of taking care of your teeth. If the bristles on your brush are starting to separate or look frayed it is probably time for a new one. Three to four months is usually a good guideline for toothbrush longevity.
If you’re also in charge of making sure the kiddos take care of their teeth I have another post dedicated to getting kids to brush their teeth!
So go ahead and enjoy those tasty little chocolate morsels before the little goblins in your house make them disappear.
This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.