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Healthy Tips for Your Teeth

Dental assistant students at the Harris School know how to treat your teeth

Do you take good care of your teeth? Do you consider dental hygiene to be an important part of every day? Good dental hygiene is important not only for your teeth, but also for your overall health. Why not start adopting better habits today?

The students in the Dental Assisting training program at the Harris School of Business are learning a great deal about dentistry. The more they learn about dental anatomy and tooth development, the more they want to promote good dental health.

We have compiled a top-10 list of dental hygiene tips. Give yourself a challenge, and try to incorporate one new tooth-healthy habit into your routine each week.

1. Brush at least twice a day
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and an ADA-approved toothpaste. When you brush, be sure to use gentle strokes over both your teeth and your gumline. You should brush for about two minutes, spending about 30 seconds on each of the four quadrants of your mouth.

2. Choose an ADA-recommended toothpaste
When choosing a toothpaste, make sure it has the ADA seal of approval. This way you know the toothpaste has a formulation that is designed to fight cavities and plaque.

3. Floss at least once a day
There are many different types of dental floss, from the thicker dental tape for teeth that are farther apart, to the smooth glide floss for teeth that are tight together. Find the floss that works best for you, and use these flossing tips.

4. No eating after your last brushing of the day
Most people brush their teeth right before bed, which is a good habit to get into. Make sure that you don’t eat or drink anything else (except water) after you’ve brushed for the last time.

5. Avoid snacking between meals
Snacking between meals can harm your teeth, especially if you eat sugary or starchy snacks which are likely to get stuck in between your teeth. This can promote tooth decay or gum disease. If you do snack, choose tooth-healthy snacks like fruits or vegetables.

6. Avoid the worst foods for your teeth
Certain foods are worse for your teeth than others. Avoid sticky foods, starchy snacks that get stuck between your teeth, and sugary drinks. Also avoid crunching on ice. All of these things can harm your teeth.

7. Avoid smoking
Smoking takes a toll on your whole body, including your dental health. Smoking can cause yellowing of the teeth, gum disease, and even cancers of the mouth, tongue, and lips.

8. Chew sugarless gum after a meal
Believe it or not, chewing gum can be good for you! Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for about 20 minutes after a meal can help wash away food particles and neutralize bacteria that could harm your teeth.

9. Protect your teeth from injury
Have you ever broken a tooth? Broken teeth are expensive to fix, and sometimes the fixes are not permanent. Protect your teeth by using mouth guards during sports, avoiding crunching on ice, and avoiding using your teeth to open things. As you age, make sure you are careful when chewing very hard foods too, like carrots, almonds, and popcorn.

10. See your dentist twice a year
Seeing your dentist for regular checkups is one of the most important things you can do for your dental health. Getting regular cleanings helps to prevent gum disease and decay. Regular appointments can also help cavities and other problems before they become an emergency.

We hope these dental hygiene tips have you on your way to a new and healthy smile. For more information on healthy teeth, visit the ADA’s Mouth Healthy website.

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The Harris School of Business offers a dental assistant training program at its campuses in Upper Darby, PA; Voorhees, NJ; and Wilmington, DE. Contact us online for more information about our program.

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