Making happy summer memories

Sometimes we forget to brush our teeth, especially when life gets hectic. Meanwhile, the cakes, chips, and office candies can rack up cavities and expensive dental bills.

With these nine tips, you can have your cake and eat it too!

1. Pack a toothbrush in your lunchbox

Brushing after every meal is a pain, but not as much of a pain as getting a cavity filled. Brushing after lunch will help ensure that no food debris is left on your teeth. Keeping a toothbrush in your lunchbox, purse, or work bag will help make dental hygiene easy.

2. Use a fluoride mouthwash or toothpaste with flouride in it

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can safely strengthen teeth to help prevent tooth decay. When a tooth’s surface is weakened by decay, fluoride can be absorbed into the weakened tooth surface to strengthen the enamel. Amazingly, the new tooth material created by this strengthening process is even more durable than the original.

3. Talk to your dentist about getting Sealants

For hard candy chompers and people who are extra cavity prone, dental sealants might be worth investigating. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, or molars that act as a shield against plaque and food particles which can form into cavities.

4. Visit your dentist often to have plaque removed

Frequently visiting your dentist is essential to good oral hygiene. Regular dental cleanings help remove and keep built up plaque off your pearly whites.

5. Chew sugarless gum

According to the American Dental Association, the act of chewing sugarless gum increases saliva in your mouth to help neutralize and wash away acids that are left on your teeth after a meal.

6. Remember to floss daily

Flossing helps remove food particles that get caught between your teeth. To prevent tooth decay and cavities, make flossing part of your routine by keeping a roll of floss near your toothbrush.

7. Eat cheese!

Some researchers believe that casein, a protein found in cheese, might have a protective property that promotes healthy teeth. According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, calcium levels in the mouth increase after eating cheese and calcium has been shown to help remineralize teeth and help prevent cavities from occurring.

Links:

http://www.mensfitness.com/styleandgrooming/grooming/cheese-next-big-thing-dental-health

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8. Use a straw with sugary drinks

Sipping through a straw won’t completely absolve you of your soda drinking sins, but it will help. Sugary, acidic sodas are not a wise choice when it comes to oral health. But a study at Temple University in Philadelphia discovered you can minimize the damage by sipping soda through a straw, keeping the soda from contact with your teeth. A straw can help, but it is by no means a replacement for brushing and flossing.

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9. Grab a handful of raisins for your next snack

New research indicated that some of the chemicals in raisins, including polyphenols and flavonoids, have been found to help combat cavities. While dentists are holding back on recommending raisins because it has yet to be determined if the high amount of sugar negates the added benefit, a handful of raisins is still a great source of fiber.

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Make ACT Fluoride Mouthwash a part of your Daily Routine!

Keep up with your busy lifestyle by adding a fluoride mouthwash to your daily routine. Don’t stress about having cavities on your next trip to the dentist; use ACT® Anticavity Mouthwash to help prevent cavities.

Three out of four dentists recommend that their patients use a fluoride rinse for cavity prevention.1 And out of all fluoride mouth rinses, ACT® is the #1 Dentist Recommended Brand.2 ACT® Anticavity Fluoride Rinse is clinically proven to strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay for both adults and children age six and older.