Flowers fade, candy becomes stale but your smile should last forever. After all, when you have a smile that you love you love your smileare more confident and happier. Your semi-annual visit to the dentist is only a small gesture to show your love a little TLC. Take time this Valentines season, and really every day, to show some love to your smile. Here are some reminders to keep you smiling for years to come:

  • Brush daily: Everyone knows that you should brush twice daily, each cleaning lasting two minutes long. You get the most effective results brushing at 45 degrees angle in a circular motion. If you're on the road, pack a portable tooth brush that you can stick in your purse, car or other travel bag so you keep your teeth sparkling.
  • Follow-up with flossing: Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing your teeth because it removes the food particles and bacteria that collect around the teeth. You should also floss immediately after eating foods that cling to your teeth like popcorn.
  • Refresh your toothbrush: To be most effective, your toothbrush should be replaced every 3-4 months and if you're sick with a cold replace it sooner. When the bristles of your toothbrush are frayed they won't clean as effectively. Young children are often harder on their toothbrushes so theirs should be replaced every 2-3 months.
  • Feast on fiber rich foods: Foods that are rich in fiber such as apples, Brussel sprouts, lentils and almonds are not only good for your body but benefit your teeth. These foods require a tremendous amount of chewing which creates additional saliva; needed to break down food and also protects against tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Drink water, lots of it: Water is the best way to keep your body hydrated and healthy. It also washes away the bacteria in your mouth and around your teeth. Plus water reduces dry mouth and helps reduce bad breath which is important when you want to show some love with your lips.
  • Keep Your Dental Appointments: We LOVE seeing our patients atDental Care of Mid-Florida. If you haven't been seen for a check-up in the last six months schedule an appointment today!