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2014: the Year of Happy Teeth

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2014Do you have any resolutions for the new year? While you’re coming up with your list, don’t forget your teeth. Here are some suggestions to keep your teeth happy and your smile bright through the whole year:

  • Brush every day. It only takes 24 hours for the food on your teeth, mixed with the bacteria and their acid, to harden. In 10 days, it becomes tartar, which is so hard you’ll need the help of a dentist to clean it off. Brushing every day keeps the plaque on your teeth soft and easy to remove.
  • Floss every day. Brushes are great, but they don’t do a good job of getting at the plaque between your teeth. That stuff will harden too if you don’t remove it. That’s where floss comes in. Not only does it get at spots your toothbrush can’t, it also massages your gums keeping them happy as well.
  • Brush the right way. Just as there’s a right way to hold and swing a baseball bat to get a strong hit, there’s a right way to hold and use your toothbrush. Not sure how to do it right? Ask your pediatric dentist! They’re experts in getting the most out of brushing. Speaking of pediatric dentists…
  • Visit your pediatric dentist every six months. Just like the rest of you, your teeth are growing. You might even be losing baby teeth and growing new adult ones in. It’s important to keep an eye on your teeth as you grow to make sure they’re growing along with you properly. It’s important to keep an eye on any tartar that might have built up and to remove it before it becomes a serious problem. And twice a year is the minimum. Your dentist may want to see you more often if there’s something they want to keep a close eye on.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make changes. If you’ve been neglecting your teeth, or if you just haven’t known how to take proper care of them, now’s a great time to change. Habits you create today can last for the rest of your life, so be sure to make good ones.

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