April is Oral Health Month and we wanted to share with you some important tips to have the healthiest teeth, gums, and breath! Did you know that children need help brushing and flossing their teeth until they are eight years old? Did you know that you are supposed to go to the dentist every six months? If you answered ‘no!’ to these questions have no fear, because the PUR team is here to help you out!
1) Drink Lots of Water
Did you know that drinking sugary beverages can actually cause cavities? It’s true! The sugar from your drink latch onto your teeth and begin to eat at your tooth enamel. The good news is, there is a way to prevent this! Drinking lots of water and brushing your teeth twice a day can help protect your teeth from the sugary food and drinks that you consume.
BONUS! PUR Gum and Mints are sugar-free, most leading gum and mints are full of sugars and artificial flavors, however chewing PUR will actually help protect your teeth from getting damaged by products full of sugar.
2) Help your Kids Oral Health
Did you know that children up to eight years old need help brushing their teeth? Children tend to get distracted while brushing their teeth leaving room for cavities to form. What to do – create a game or a song (eg. Happy Birthday) for you and your children to sing while they are brushing their teeth. This will ensure that they brush for the proper amount of time and you can supervise to ensure they are brushing all their teeth!
Fact – “All children up to three years old, should use a smear of toothpaste with a fluoride level of less than 1000ppm (parts per million). After three years old, they should use a toothpaste that contains 1350ppm – 1500ppm.”
3) Visit your Dentist Regularly
We have all heard this a million times, but going to your dentist regularly will help keep your oral health in PURfect condition! Visiting your dentist will ensure that you are brushing and flossing the right amount, ensure that your teeth are in healthy conditions and check for mouth cancer. This might sound scary to you and that’s perfectly normal! Here’s a fun tip to do while you are anxiously waiting at your next dentist appointment – listen to your favorite songs, bring a book or game, bring a family member or friend with you!
4) Practice Healthy Eating Habits
This one might sound obvious to you, but hey, the reminder doesn’t hurt! Ensure that you are getting the right amount of calcium and greens in your diet. Calcium and vegetables will help to strengthen your teeth and will allow you to have a healthier, happier smile! Eating less sugary foods and drinks will also make your teeth healthier and stronger! It is said that having a cube slice of cheese after a meal will help prevent acids from eating away at your teeth enamel.
5) The Right Oral Health Routine
Your dentist might have told you to brush and floss twice a day. But, did you know that there is a specific way of brushing and flossing that will actually help your teeth become stronger and healthier? Brush your teeth with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen tooth enamel and make your teeth more resistant to tooth decay! Wait twenty minutes before flossing or using mouthwash after brushing your teeth, this is important because you want to give the fluoride time to coat and protect your teeth! One last important note is to change your toothbrush every two to three months to ensure that your teeth are always clean!
PS – Did you know that if you lick your wrist and wait for the saliva to dry and then sniff it, it’ll be a tell-tale to what your breath smells like. If there is a smell there is a good chance that your breath smells the same as that spot does!