You Don’t Have to Brush Your Teeth…

just the ones you want to keep!

Ah, teeth.  Half of my life has revolved around my teeth and the work I’ve had to get done to them.  So when I hear the word, ‘teeth’, I cringe and feel a strange affinity towards it at the same time.

I was 7 years old, ice skating for the first time in my life, on a pond in my backyard with the family when I fell face first into the ice.  I broke my front tooth, in half.  Oh the countless visits for root canals & repair work for this mishap…poor kid…

Then came the tween years where I became the lucky recipient of braces, twice!  And the dreaded headgear…poor kid…

Since my teenage years I have visited the dentist numerous times for cleanings, cavities and additional repair work to my broken tooth.

Needless to say, I am quite familiar with the “just a quick pinch” phrase muttered by the dentist as he wields his mile long, novocaine filled needle.  Nowadays, I’m happy to try to avoid this visit any way I can.

And I consider myself an expert at doling out advice as to how best to escape that needle.  Of course, the only sure way to avoid the stroke-victim look, where half your face is drooping from temporary facial palsy, is to not get cavities.

You’ve got to brush, brush, brush, brush those teeth!

2x a day, at least.  After you eat anything, if you can…just carry a toothbrush with you into your next business luncheon, or at the next cocktail party you attend…

What’s important to know here, which you may not think about often, is that it is critical that you change out your toothbrushes every 3 months.  Out with the old, in with the new!

The bristles wear down and are not effective after this amount of time,  thus you are not getting a good scrub of your teeth when you brush them.  You are basically ‘brushing’ your teeth with a washcloth at this point.  Probably not going to get at those tough-to-reach crevices with that!

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Time to go bye-bye…

So, to wrap this up…dodging dentists requires proper teeth maintenance which demands firm, stiff bristles of your toothbrush which can only happen if you replace your old one every 3 months…phew!  A mouthful!

For more info on the proper care of your toothbrush, click here.

 

 

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