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Barton T. Gleave, DDS

1. Rinse and Swish Your Mouth.

Quickly rinse and swish your mouth with water when you’re away from home and don’t have a toothbrush. It will decrease decay and staining, especially after drinking staining beverages like coffee, tea and colas.

2. Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Daily.

Not only are fruits and vegetables healthy for you, the act of chewing foods exercises your gums. Dr. Gleave and our hygienists can see a difference in tissue health in areas or sides of the mouth that aren’t being used to chew food.

3. Out With the Old.

Replace your toothbrush after every illness and cold to avoid bacteria and germs. Regularly replacing your toothbrush, when you’re not ill, is also a good idea.

4. Flossing Tip.

Many senior adults have said if they could do things over again, they would floss more. Natural teeth do a much better job of grinding food which aids in proper digestion. Floss daily. It only takes a few minutes.

5. Choose Water.

Sports and energy drinks contain sugars and acids which can damage teeth even more than soda pop, so watch the frequency, except when needed for hydration during tough work outs and hot weather. These drinks can erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth. Drinking the recommended amount of water daily is also helpful for many body processes.

6. Flossing just got easier!

The Philips Sonicare Air Flosser is a simple, easy, and non-messy way to floss. The ADA (American Dental Association) even recommends it. You’re just a “poof” away from clean teeth and healthier gums. Flossing at least once a day is the best way to prevent gum disease.

7. Healthy Snacks.

Did you know that popcorn, cheese, ice cream and nuts are okay snacks and not harmful to your teeth? As with anything, eat a balanced diet for optimal health.

8. Chewing Gum.

If you choose to chew gum, consider gum containing xylitol. It strengthens your enamel and increases your saliva to neutralize germs.

9. Happy Visits for Kids.

Although the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the first check-up at age one, we feel comfortable with having a “happy visit” appointment at age 3. Vine Street Family Dental hygienists regularly educate parents about proper dental care of infants and toddlers, and we are happy to see a child if you suspect a problem sooner than three years of age.”

10. Healthy Mouth, Happy Heart.

Did you know that regular dental cleanings contribute to a healthy heart?

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