Tips & Tricks, Do’s & Don’ts
DO get yourself a good SONIC toothbrush.
A battery operated one fails in comparison. There is a reason dental professionals use a Sonic toothbrush…they are 65% more effective than a manual one. They are very affordable and last years. You don’t need the top of the line model with all the bell’s and whistles, the base model will do. See my page on toothbrushes.
DO Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper.
The tongue harbors millions of bacteria. These bacteria breed, multiply, decompose, and excrete sulfur-based compounds, which smell. These bacteria ALSO pick up the color of whatever you are eating or drinking. See my page on tongue scrapers.
DO NOT waste money on whitening toothpaste.
The ONLY way to whiten teeth and change their color or shade is by bleaching them professionally. Most whitening toothpastes just lead to sensitivity down the road and the dulling of crowns, fillings, etc. They are highly abrasive to tooth enamel and there are better ways to remove superficial stains. See my page on toothpaste.
Flossing is an absolute must. There is no substitute or equivalent. Believe me I would be doing it if there was. Yes, I get it. No one “likes” to floss. I hear this ALL day long. Guess what. That does not change the fact that there are millions of bacteria in your mouth constantly making babies. It is a cesspool of infection down under our gums. You can’t see what is under your gum tissue, but believe me if you took a sample of what is on your floss and looked at it under a microscope, you would freak out at all of the living, motile organisms living happily ever after. Put your big boy/girl pants on and do it.
Remember to use real floss. Not floss picks or any other ridiculous gadget the dental companies try to market. Keep it simple (my mom’s favorite phrase). See my page on floss.
DO NOT keep your toothbrush anywhere near the toilet.
This is completely unsanitary. If you have a small bathroom and do not have the luxury of space, then make sure you ALWAYS put the toiled seat lid down, and then flush. Yes…the fecal bacteria, etc. does end up in the air, and that is not something you want making a happy home on your toothbrush, or any other bathroom item. SEAT LID DOWN…THEN FLUSH!
DO change out your Sonic brush heads every 3-4 months.
They lose their efficacy at that time. Years ago I thought I was smart by making that toothbrush head last. I was so very wrong. There is a night and day difference between a new brush head and one that is past it’s prime. I understand that you may not want to pay $10-$12 a brush head. Guess what. This is your overall health we are talking about. Your oral health is a reflection of your overall health. Plain and simple. $30 a year for your health benefit is not a lot. I order mine through Amazon and have them auto shipped every 3 months. I dont have to think about buying them. You can also get them at Bed Bath and Beyond and use their 20% coupon that comes in the mail.
DO NOT keep your toothbrush head covered.
Your toothbrush head needs to breathe. A moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air. I keep mine in an aerated travel case if I need to pack it for travel or the gym. I then take it out and let it breathe over night.
- It is recommended to change out your brush heads if you get sick, or have the flu etc.While this is probably the most sound advice, I think you can properly disinfect a brush head and continue to use it if it is under the 3-4 month mark. I will throw my brush head into the dishwasher every now and then.
- DO NOT stress over the ADA seal.The ADA seal of approval simply means that a company paid to have that seal placed on their products.
- Did you know that fluoridated toothpastes are classified as drugs because they reduce cavities.Toothpastes without fluoride are not drugs.
- DO NOT sip your beverages throughout the day (unless it is water).Anything other than water will keep your oral pH in too long of an acidic state which is bad.
- DO NOT chew on ice, suck on limes, lemons, or citrus.DO NOT drink lemonade all day. A slice of lemon in water is ok, just don’t put 10 lemons in to a glass.
JILL’S DAILY ROUTINE
Dry Brush (dry toothbrush/no toothpaste)
Sonicare toothbrush (2 minutes) with a baking soda paste
*I do not use OTC mouth rinses, but I will use a home made Xylitol or Baking Soda based rinse prior to bedtime.
Jill’s Home Made Toothpaste
- 2 TBS Baking Soda
- 1 TBS Xylitol
- 1/2 TBS Sea Salt
- *Optional – a drop or two of mint or vanilla extract for personal flavor.
Keep in a glass jar
Jill’s Homemade Mouthwash
- 1 TSP Xylitol
- 2 TSP Baking Soda
- 1/2 cup Distilled Water
- *Optional – few drops of essential oil at your discretion
Keep in a glass jar
***DRY BRUSHING TECHNIQUE
Most people are unaware that it is the mechanical motion of the toothbrush that removes plaque and debris from the front, back, and top surfaces of the teeth. NOT the toothpaste.
Toothpaste flavoring numbs the tongue so that teeth feel clean when they really aren’t. We can not see all of the bacteria in our mouth, but we can feel it with our tongue. Our teeth feel scuzzy or fuzzy when plaque is present. Dry brushing for 2 minutes is the most effective way to brush your teeth.
- PART 1:
Brush your teeth dry for 2 minutes until they feel clean with your tongue (NO water NO toothpaste)
- PART 2:
Add toothpaste or baking soda paste for flavor, or decay fighting purposes (Xylitol based)