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Call Us Today! (615) 321-5600
(615) 321-5600
Call Us Today! (615) 321-5600
(615) 321-5600

Dental Tips

Taking care of your teeth in between dental appointments is just as important as having dental checkups regularly. Here is a list of tips to help you maintain a healthy smile:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss regularly and in between meals
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid sweets as often as possible
  • Visit the your dentist two times each year for check ups

1. Change your toothbrush every three months: Did you know manual toothbrushes become worn out and are not as effective after three months? Also, be sure to rinse your toothbrush with hot water after every use and change it after you have an episode of flu, cold, or other viral infections. Otherwise, you may risk re-infection.

2. Don’t drink soda: People who tend to drink three or more glasses of soda daily have 62 percent more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than those who do not drink it at all. In fact, there was a sudden massive surge of patients with tooth decay the year Coke was launched!

3. Brushing harder isn’t better: Vigorous brushing does more harm than good and can lead to eroded enamel, which never grows back and can cause sensitivity and other oral issues.

4. Be breath-conscious at work: Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait a co-worker can have, so be more popular around the water cooler by brushing and flossing often.

5. Avoid missing work by visiting the dentist: The next time you want to play hooky, head to the dentist for a cleaning instead. Last year alone, adults missed over 164 million hours of work, and children missed over 51 million hours of school for dental-related issues.

6. Guess what? George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. His four pairs of custom teeth were actually crafted from gold, ivory, lead, and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth.

7. Take care of your teeth: After all, we only have two sets. On the flip side, sharks have around 40 sets of teeth in their lifetime!

8. When traveling, don’t cap your toothbrush: Capping your toothbrush actually can trap moisture and encourage bacterial growth.

9. Keep your toothbrush away from the toilet: It’s no myth – the airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of six feet, so keep your distance to avoid dangerous bacteria.

10. Wonder what your chompers are made of? Teeth are covered with hard enamel called a crown. Inside the tooth is dentin and the pulp of your tooth. Each tooth is attached to your jaw socket and has blood vessels and nerves, which keeps your teeth alive. Do you have questions about your teeth? Give Dr. Smiley, specializing in pediatric and family dentistry, a call or schedule an appointment. Our family-owned dental offices are proud to bring affordable smiles to all ages at convenient locations in Nashville, Tennessee.

Call us today to schedule your next dental appointment! (615) 321-5600
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