Want a “Fresh from the Dentist” Smile?

People love to experience that “fresh from the dentist” feeling, when the tip of the tongue glides effortlessly and smoothly over a freshly cleaned set of pearly whites. So, why not have that feeling all of the time?

If you want a healthy mouth, follow these tips:

•    Brush regularly. Yes, you’ve heard it over and over: brush your teeth twice every day. It also helps to brush after eating and snacking, whenever possible. Brushing keeps small food particles from becoming food for harmful bacteria. If possible, brush for a full two minutes.

Learn How to Keep Teeth with Braces Clean

Teenagers love things that are shiny and new – unless those things happen to be attached to their teeth. But with proper care and technique, your teen may eventually learn to love their newest physical trait.

Braces have become commonplace in many families – approximately 4 million people receive orthodontic care in the U.S. each year. Most people undergo orthodontic treatment during adolescent and teenage years, when the permanent teeth have come in and treatment can be most effective.

Yet, as many parents already know, getting teenagers to adhere to a cleaning routine can be tricky. For parents and teens who want to keep the cleanest teeth with braces, follow these tips:

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Routine Dental Cleanings

Most people brush and floss their teeth regularly. However, many of these same people are also skipping trips to the dentist. Yes, money may be tight. But is the long-term risk worth the temporary monetary reward?

Lack of coverage may be contributing to skipped dental cleanings. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, of the 172 million Americans under 65 who have health insurance, 45 million don’t have dental care. Medicare doesn’t cover routine dental care, and many dentists don’t accept Medicaid. Dental procedures can be costly – Americans spent $102 billion on dental services in 2009. Yet, a simple routine cleaning costs much less than a root canal.