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Words of Wisdom No.9: “Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out of Bed and Before You Get Back In at Night“

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Words of Wisdom No.9: “Brush Your Teeth When You First Get Out of Bed and Before You Get Back In at Night“

Your mother may have spouted these words often when you were a child fighting the normal bedtime routine. Yet, this simple phrase carries a lot of truth. The American Dental Association recommends everyone brush twice daily to prevent tooth decay, even if you wear Invisalign braces.

What Does Brushing Do?

There has long been debate about how often people absolutely need to brush, but twice daily seems to be the most recommended. Brushing your teeth helps disrupt the attachment of bad bacteria to the natural biofilm that the good bacteria in your mouth create. When bad bacteria settle onto your teeth, they start releasing acids that can eat away at your tooth enamel and result in a cavity. According to Tufts Journal, it takes about 48 hours for the bad bacteria to form colonies big enough to damage your teeth. Theoretically, you could get away with brushing once daily as long as you did it consistently and correctly.

Why Brush Twice Daily?

If you aren’t a very good brusher, a twice daily cleaning builds a little redundancy into your hygiene routine to protect your teeth. We’ve all been there. You go to bed late. You’re tired and don’t feel like brushing for the full two minutes. Or you wake up late for work and have to dash. The twice daily routine gives you a greater chance of removing bacterial colonies that you may have missed in the previous brushing.

Other Perks

Giving your teeth a cleaning in the morning also improves your breath and the feeling in your mouth. No one likes going through the day with furry teeth. Brushing and flossing at night also removes stuck food particles, especially if you wear braces.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

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14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585

Words of Wisdom No. 4 – Eat Cleansing Foods

foodsWords of Wisdom No. 4 – Eat Cleansing Foods

Braces, invisalign and other corrective appliances that an orthodontist provides can do wonders for the overall look of your smile. But what are you doing to protect your natural teeth from the pervasive bacteria that are known to cause decay? What you eat plays as much a role in determining the health of your teeth as does the type of oral hygiene you perform and the corrective appliances you wear. While certain high-acid and sugar-laden foods are known to tear the teeth down, other foods are known to cleanse the teeth and build them back up. Today is the perfect day to start changing your high-acid diet in favor of foods that clean, protect and even strengthen your enamel while limiting the likelihood of problems like gingivitis and tooth decay.

The Fresher, The Better

The best foods for your teeth are fresh, natural and served just like they grow. These are fruits and vegetables that are rich with phytonutrients and their very own anti-microbial properties. Celery sticks and carrot sticks are ideal given that they’re crunchy, crisp and filled with juices that act as natural astringents. If you’ve had a large meal away from home and are unable to brush your teeth, you can munch on a few of these to limit bacterial activity and cleanse away food residue. Fruits like apples, grapes and even oranges provide similar benefits, but it’s always wise to limit the amount of sugars that you put on your teeth, even when these are natural fruit sugars.

Drink Water

You certainly wouldn’t wash your face with a sugary soda after a grueling workout, so there’s no good reason to rinse your teeth with one of these damaging concoctions during or after a large meal. Make water your preferred beverage. Not only is it sugar-free, fat-free, calorie-free and unlikely to support harmful colonies of mouth bacteria, but it’s also great for rinsing food residues away. In fact, swishing pure water around you mouth and spitting it out is another incredibly effective and easy strategy for removing trapped foods and stubborn residues after a high-sugar or high-acid meal when you don’t have a toothbrush handy.

High-Quality Dairy

Did you know that eating foods that contain bone-building minerals can actually help protect, support and even rebuild your tooth enamel? This is a natural process known as remineralization and it actually works, so long as you aren’t stripping these minerals back off by rinsing your dairy products down with sugary beverages or combining them with incredibly high-acid foods (think cheeseburgers). A small square of cheddar or a few bites of yogurt not only supply ample quantities of calcium via the digestive tract, but they also put this calcium right directly on top of your teeth. The best dairy products for this purpose are both organic and free-range. Yogurt can additionally introduce beneficial bacteria into the mouth that will help fight off colonies of harmful, decay-causing organisms.

Having a strong and well-aligned bite is just as important as having healthy teeth. After all, you can’t effectively crunch up carrots and celery if you have a major overbite, imbalanced bite forces or large gaps and spaces between your teeth. A misaligned bite and tooth crowding can also offset the benefits of these natural cleansing efforts by creating more cramped spaces where food can get trapped. Braces and invisalign technologies can be used in conjunction with a good diet and diligent oral care to create an attractive smile that endures.

Call Papandreas Orthodontics to Schedule Your First Orthodontic Appointment

Dr. Samuel Papandreas provides expert orthodontic care for adults, teenagers and children at his facilities in:

• Brunswick, Ohio
• North Royalton, Ohio

His patients are fitted with customized orthodontic devices that include:

• Braces – color-matching ceramic or metal devices
• Retainers – worn at night when your braces are removed
• Invisalign aligners – clear plastic devices
• Palatal expanders – worn before your orthodontic treatment begins

You can schedule an appointment with Papandreas Orthodontics to learn about the best type of orthodontic treatment for you and your children to improve your smile correct your dental bite.

Papandreas Orthodontics
3511 Center Road, Suite B
Brunswick, OH 44212
tel: 330-558-9092

***

14200 Ridge Rd
North Royalton, OH 44133
tel: 440-582-8585