Ingredients to a healthy smile

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  • By Senior Airman Nia McClearn
  • 66th Medical Squadron Dental Clinic
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Dental hygiene involves more than just brushing your teeth.

Developed methods for proper oral hygiene care are through science-based facts and lab studies. The American Dental Association has verified specific techniques and products that will keep your smile happy and healthy.

For example, the ADA recommends that we all use a soft bristle toothbrush compared to brushing with a medium or hard bristled one. Some may think brushing with a medium or hard toothbrush will offer better cleanliness, but in actuality, it’s more harmful.

Tougher bristles can and will cause gums to recede, which will result in tooth sensitivity.

Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush lowers the risk of progressive gum recession. The proper use of a soft bristled toothbrush will reduce the chance of painful sensations from cold beverages.

Brushing is important to maintaining a healthy smile, do you know how often you should brush and floss?

Flossing is something few people enjoy. However, it is very important when it comes to maintaining your dental health. Flossing should be accomplished at least once daily and brushing should be done twice daily for at least 2 minutes per session.

If we do not brush and floss on a regular basis what happens to our teeth? Throughout the day, we start to develop plaque in between and directly on our teeth. Plaque is full of bacteria and if not removed on a daily basis, it can lead to problems in the mouth.

Cavities, gingivitis, periodontal disease and bad breath are some things that can occur if you neglect your oral health. Proper oral hygiene not only plays an important role in keeping breath fresh but also ensuring the longevity of teeth.

So do not forget that brushing twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush, flossing at least once daily and using a fluoridated toothpaste can lead to a healthy smile.