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The Healthy Smile

10 Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Extra Clean During Christmas Holidays For more than 20 years, the people of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties have relied on Dr. O'Neal for excellence in dentistry, as well as in caring and complete oral care. NuSmile team with Dr. David Beltran and Dr. Nadia O’Neal

NuSmile Dental is open 7 days a week for Emergencies and we look forward to serving you.

A beautiful, bright & white smile will always help you stay self-confident. Here are 10 tips for keeping your teeth extra clean during Christmas Holidays.

1. Eat right for whiter teeth.

If you are used to consuming coffee, black tea and on top of that you also smoke, chances are that your teeth look yellowish and spotted. After eating any foods that stain your teeth you should immediately brush them in order to avoid staining. Avoid dark juices, cola and gravies and get used to healthy snacks such as raw vegetables (apples, carrots, etc.) that help clean your teeth thoroughly.

2. Respect brushing times.

Latest researches have released a study according to which the perfect time for brushing your teeth is two minutes. Two minutes are needed in order to cleanse your teeth from bacteria and harmful deposits. Use either a timer, or get used to humming a song

Make sure to clean your tongue thoroughly in order to remove all the harmful bacteria deposits and to obtain a fresh breath. There are several professional brushes that come with a tongue scraper. such as “I Wish You A Merry Christmas” (it actually works!)

3. Use the brush lightly on your teeth.

There is a misconception that if you brush harder the teeth, you will cleanse them teeth better. Brush using circular movements, and by holding the brush at a 45 degree position against your gums.

4. Tea is important for your teeth.

Drink at least one cup every day, because tea contains important flavonoids and fluoride that will prevent the bacteria from sticking to your teeth.

5. Use only alcohol-free mouthwash.

Rinses that contain alcohol dry your mouth excessively, and some studies have even proved that alcohol mouth washes increase the risk of oral cancer.

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will be. Moreover, the risk for gum disease and cavities will also be significantly reduced.

6. Always cleanse your tongue.

7. Use baking soda for whiter teeth.

Use a small amount of baking soda to brush your teeth with it. Alternatively, if you feel that baking soda is rough on your gums, use salt instead because it has the same whitening effect.

10. Chew on cinnamon flavored gum.

Recent studies have shown that if you chew on cinnamon flavored gum the bacteria in your mouth will be significantly reduced. The main ingredient that helps doing this is called “cinnamic aldehyde” (essential oil that fights against the production of bacteria in the oral cavity). For more advice about dental health visit us online at www.nusmile.net or to schedule an appointment contact us at 727-483-7999.

8. Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or Christmas gifts Did you Know: with tear plastic covers. The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is Make sure that you always

Dental Fun Facts

known as the Tooth Mouse, who takes a tooth and leaves a treasure in its place? Ironically, sometime around 400 BC, the Greek physician Hippocrates suggested a toothpaste made from three mice 9. Hydrate properly. and the head of a hare to cure Make sure to drink one glass of water every hour while you are worka toothache. We doubt that he ing. This way you will help flush all believed in the Tooth Mouse. have in handy a pair of scissors and bottle openers. Using your teeth for such purposes can break or chip them easily.

the harmful bacteria from your mouth, and you will also keep your digestive system healthy. The more water you drink, the healthier and whiter your teeth

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