Dr. Kourosh Maddahi 2018

An t i - Ag i ng DENTISTRY MONTHLY NEWS

AUGUST 2018

The Best in At-Home Care

HOW TO MAINTAIN A BRILLIANT SMILE

After a treatment or a checkup, we all want our smile to look brilliant for months to come. At-home maintenance and good oral care habits go a long way in keeping your smile looking amazing for months — if not longer. There are many steps you can take to maintain the appearance of your smile and keep it white and bright. When it comes to beverages such as coffee and tea, there is one step you can take that a lot of people don’t think about.

and cheeks. Mouthwash helps remove bacteria from all of these areas where your toothbrush will rarely, if ever, touch. One of the reasons I developed the Oral Essentials line of products was to create a group of products that worked together to maintain a healthy mouth, from the teeth to the gums. Our mouthwash, for example, contains Dead Sea salt. This mineral helps clean your mouth while keeping the good bacteria alive.

Many of us, of course, cannot live without a cup or two of coffee or tea. These two beverages are immensely popular, but they will stain your teeth over time. To help curb staining, simply drink coffee or tea through a vented lid. Vented lids come in many varieties. Most, but not all, cafés and coffee houses offer vented lids on their to-go cups. Even if you plan on staying at the café, you can request a to-go cup to ensure you get a vented lid. Alternatively, bringing your own coffee cup with a vented lid is another great option because it helps reduce waste at the same time. For cold beverages, such as juices and many kinds of tea, drinking out of a straw will help keep staining compounds away from your front teeth. If you can, use a paper straw. Paper straws are biodegradable and will not only help maintain the appearance of your teeth, but are also much better for the environment than plastic straws. In terms of reducing cavities between checkups, the best thing you can do is lower your sugar intake. Sugar in all forms is one of the leading causes of cavity development. If you do eat or drink something sugary, always rinse your mouth out afterward and brush your teeth as soon as you can. When it comes to brushing and flossing, we all know how important it is to brush at least twice a day and floss once. But it’s also just as important to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash. Brushing and flossing only clean 24 percent of your mouth’s surface area. You still need to clean your tongue, lower gums,

That’s right — not all bacteria in the mouth are bad. This is why you don’t want to use a mouthwash that is overly harsh. You want to brush and rinse away the harmful bacteria, but you also want to maintain the good bacteria. These good bacteria actually fight harmful bacteria and even help reduce certain kinds of infections. Another reason mouthwash is so important is hydration, especially for people who suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth is a major cause of cavities and tooth decay. Dry mouth can also exacerbate staining from coffee, tea, and wine. When you want to maintain your smile after a treatment or between checkups, dry mouth can make that challenging. Dry mouth is a side effect of many kinds of medication, and it is also caused by allergies. This is why we offer hydrating mouthwash. This mouthwash encourages saliva production, which helps keep your teeth healthy. Saliva is a natural defense mechanism and does a lot to keep cavities and decay at bay. You could say a hydrated mouth is a healthier mouth! And speaking of Oral Essentials, I am excited to introduce a brand-new look for the line. We recently refreshed the design, and the products are now available in stores and online. You will get toothpaste, mouthwash, whitening strips, and bamboo toothbrushes — a winning combination of products to help maintain your smile day in and day out.

-Dr. Maddahi

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