6 Dental Health Care Tips

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This time of year we’ve all got candy on our minds (or at least I do), but it’s also the perfect time of year to think about your dental health. Dental health can have a serious impact on your overall health and dental issues also seem to arise when we least expect them. Take the time now to review your dental health care with these 6 dental health care tips.

With our family of five, that means we’ve experienced five sets of dental exams, five potential cavities and fillings, five sets of braces, four (so far) wisdom teeth removals. Whew. I guess you could say that dental health care is always on my mind. Over the years and the teeth (260 teeth to be exact), I’ve asked lots of questions and learned some tips that help us take care of the (many) teeth in our family.

Brush Twice Daily – Brush your teeth with a soft brush and a toothpaste with fluoride at least twice a day.  Brush for at least two minutes each time.  Talk with your dentist about the proper technique to gently and thoroughly clean your teeth. Regular brushing helps prevent gum disease and tooth loss. 

Brush Teeth, Tongue and Cheeks – In addition to brushing your teeth, you need to brush your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria.

Floss Each Day – To clean well between your teeth, you need to floss every day. Flossing not only cleans the plaque from between your teeth, it also stimulates your gums to help keep them healthy.  Healthy gums are just as important as healthy teeth.

Use an Antiseptic Mouth Rinse – Using an antiseptic mouth wash (which is different from mouth wash) will reduces the bacteria in your mouth that causes plague. You should rinse for 30 seconds twice a day.

Care for Your Tooth Brush – Rinse your toothbrush well with tap water after each use.  Stand your toothbrush upright to air-dry. Do not cover your toothbrush or store it in a covered container on a day-to-day basis. Replace your toothbrush every three months. Don’t share your toothbrush and store it well away from the toilet to prevent microscopic spray when flushing the toilet.

Review Your Dental Insurance – You should have two dental cleanings and exams each year. Dental care needs often arise when you least expect them; needs like braces, cavities, sealants and wisdom teeth removal often seen to surface at unexpected and financially inconvenient times. Enrolling your family in an affordable and reliable dental plan before you need it ensures that if and when you do need it, the appropriate insurance is already in place. If you already have dental insurance coverage, review your dental insurance plan now to determine if your coverage meets your needs. The MetLife TRICARE Dental Program provides complete dental coverage for military families at low premiums. It also provides two cleanings and two dental exams each year, within a consecutive 12-month period, at no cost to you, when a network dentist is seen. You can learn more about MetLife TRICARE Dental Program on the MetLife TDP website, by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

orange jack o'lantern bag on wood table with toothpaste, toothbrush and dental floss at top of bag

What dental care tips have I missed in sharing these 6 dental health care tips?

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  1. It is so important. It is such an easy thing to incorporate that will problems in the future. Thanks so much for the reminder!

  2. Susan, you have a lot of dental care going on in your house! I really like the tip about caring for your tooth brush. I think many people don’t take care of their brushes well. Great tips.

  3. Every mom with kids who went trick or treating should read and follow your tips. Dental health starts when children are young and can help establish good dental care habits for a lifetime.

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