While fall isn’t my favourite season, I do enjoy it quite a bit, and especially its celebrations. Who doesn’t love indulging in a big piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? And Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays, both for the fun costumes and the delicious candy!
But fall baking and leftover Halloween candy can certainly spell trouble for the teeth. Make sure you and your family are up to speed on the best ways to avoid cavities. Using the right tools and techniques can help stop cavities from digging a ghoulish hole in your teeth.
First off, make sure you are equipped with the right tools. The Truly Radiant™ Extra White Manual Toothbrush is the only manual brush that features a unique rotating head, plus elongated all-access bristles designed to blast away surface stains. Using this brush will not only help keep teeth pearly white, it will also help brush away any newly formed cavities caused by Halloween overindulgence. Pair this with the Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste and you have yourself a winning cavity fighting pair.
Perfect technique is important too. The best way to clean your teeth is to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle using short strokes and an up and down motion. Brushing like this will help remove any plaque or bacteria that can build up on the teeth and gums. Most kids dentists recommend brushing for a minimum of two minutes to thoroughly remove plaque and combat bad breath.
When brushing, be gentle and avoid brushing too hard. Make sure the entire mouth gets cleaned by brushing the outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars, and by doing a few passes over the tongue, a popular spot for bacteria. And remember to replace your toothbrush regularly! If the bristles are starting to separate or look frayed it is probably time for a new one. Three to four months is usually a good guideline for toothbrush longevity.
For the first time in my life that I can remember, I left my annual dental checkup without a single cavity and that’s a trend I want to continue! Yet even without any cavities to fix, the dental hygienist mentioned I still had some tartar buildup around the gums and demonstrated how proper brushing could help prevent that. Indulging in sweets is part of the fun of fall, but it makes taking care of your teeth extra important! Take a tip from Truly Radiant and show off your best smile this season!