Subtle Shifts to Improve your Smile

The summer is coming to an end and the fall season is setting in. Most children in our community are getting ready for the new school year to start. Maybe your children are excited to go back to school, or perhaps they wish summer were a yearlong season. Either way, we find that most children don’t think about their oral healthy habits as part of their back to school routine. However, adding healthy habits into your daily routine as they prepare for school can impact their health in a positive way.

Aloha, Oregon family dentist Dr. Ernest R. Thompson suggests making healthy habits a family routine. When your children see you practicing good oral health care they will naturally want to join in.

Many patients ask us how they can have healthier teeth. These tips can help.

Try a New Toothpaste Flavor

It may seem strange to think about, but using the same toothpaste everyday can often become boring. But as Dr. Ernest R. Thompson says, something as small as buying a new flavor of toothpaste can make a big difference in your overall oral health.

We tell our patients that if they don’t enjoy the toothpaste flavor that they most likely they won’t brush their teeth as often or even as long, and this is what can cause oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

Pick a Healthy Pick-Me-Up

Eating sugary snacks can damage your teeth in the long run. Sure a chocolate bar sounds good mid afternoon as you crave a pick up, but reaching for healthy choices like carrots or apples can help improve your smile. The vegetables contain more water and less sugar then fruits and packaged foods. Eat them for a healthy smile.

Pack a Travel Size Kit

Another great way to make sure you have a healthy smile is to pack a mini travel size toothpaste and toothbrush. Brushing your teeth with a water rinse after ever meal is essential for a really healthy smile. Food particles will sit on your teeth and the sugars will dig into your tooth enamel. This can hurt your gums and teeth.

Make sure to visit us if you have any questions. Call 503-536-1839 Today to Schedule an Appointment! 


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