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Are you one the 75% of Americans common problems such as receding gums, tooth and gum sensitivity and bleeding gums? If so, we feel your pain and understand exactly what you are going through. Even with great oral hygiene why are so many Americans having oral issues? Sweet Life Spa would like to share the information we have learned about the proper way to brush your pearly whites from the experts. We are not dentists, but have done extensive research on this matter and felt the need to tell you about it. Brushing your teeth may sound like a simple task, but there is a right and wrong way to do it for the benefit of your oral health. Many of us don’t pay a lot of attention to how we brush and just try to get the necessary chore done quickly. The truth is that we do need to pay attention to the angle and direction we brush. Using a soft toothbrush and gentle circular motions is also a very important factor in protecting our gums and enamel. The main reason for receding gums is brushing too hard with a stiff bristle brush causing unnecessary injury and inflammation to the gum line. Brushing straight across our teeth is frowned upon by top dental professionals. This style of brushing is too tough on gum tissue and enamel. It also misses a lot of plaque and bacteria between our teeth that can turn into tartar. If you take that 2 minutes to really focus on technique and follow the tips below, your oral health will improve drastically!
Using a soft toothbrush held at a 45 degree angle (toward your gums) creates the correct position to gently clean at the gum line reducing harmful bacteria that cause oral issues. It is best to brush in small circles to ensure you are covering every inch of your teeth in a gentle fashion. There is a common misconception that a medium or hard toothbrush is the only way to remove plaque, but this, as mentioned above, leads to gum recession and possible tissue injury. A tooth brush with a small head is recommended for children and adults to get to those hard to reach back molars.
Your saliva breaks down the product you are applying within 20 seconds. Covering all of your teeth with product before you start your 2 minutes of brushing ensures the powder or paste effectively has a chance to destroy germs at full potency.
A great way to get to those spaces between your teeth is to do a “wiggle” treatment. Starting at the back molars on the top or bottom, place your toothbrush on your molar and very gently wiggle side to side for 5 seconds. Move your bristles to the next tooth and repeat until you have done this technique to every one of your teeth – top and bottom, fronts and backs of every tooth. Flossing gently will cleanse even further after this 2 minute routine. This technique came from Dr. Mark Bruhenne, DDS at askthedentist.com.
Avoid harsh chemicals in your oral routine. If you look at the ingredients on the tube and see warnings that say “seek immediate medical attention if swallowed” it may be a good time to try out a natural product free of sodium lauryl sulfates, triclosan (banned in 2014 in hand soap), bleached hydrated silica, controversial fluoride, aluminum and teeth coating glycerin, that may stop your teeth from re-mineralizing. Sweet Life Spa offers an oral line that focuses on avoiding these unnecessary additives. “Sweet Teeth” Powder uses Bentonite and Kaolin Clay to detoxify your entire mouth while whitening your teeth. Even with excellent brushing techniques, harsh chemicals or essential oils can cause unnecessary irritation.
Whitening toothpastes are not recommended for daily use. According to experts, they are intended to only be used twice weekly. They also are only safe in a pea-sized amount, not a long strip that fills the entire length of the brush, as pictured on the tube. Who knew, right? These "whitening pastes" are marketed to address extrinsic stains or external stains, not intrinsic staining of the structure of teeth. Intrinsic staining of the dentin is when the tooth’s interior is yellow or even gray. This discoloration is usually caused by an overuse of fluoride treatments in early childhood, tetracycline antibiotic use, injury, genetics and aging. Dental Fluorosis or “mottled enamel” is hypo-mineralization of tooth enamel caused by the ingestion of excessive fluoride during enamel formation. To remove or improve these types of discoloration is through dental laser treatments known as “power bleaching", bonding or veneers. Take note that laser whitening can cause permanent sensitivity in your teeth. Gel whitening and tray systems may remove small intrinsic stains, but do leave the pores in enamel open for 24-36 hours after use and can take 2-4 weeks to bleach stains. Not everyone can obtain “Hollywood White” teeth. Most enamel is off-white in color naturally. Crafted with 100% USDA Certified Organic Flavors without essential oils, our extrinsic stain remover tastes great, is inexpensive and quick and easy to use. For the full ingredient list and flavors, check out Sweet Life Spa’s “Sweet Teeth” Charcoal Whitening Powder to brighten and remove stains from your teeth. It is in a detoxifying clay base that causes no sensitivity and removes stains from coffee, tea, cola, wine, berries and tobacco products, naturally without irritation. We PH test every one of our tooth powder flavors to ensure the proper alkaline levels between 8.0-9.3 for excellent oral care.The PH of your mouth is extremely important. We have thousands of good bacteria that need to thrive to fight off the harmful types.
It is always a good idea to swish water after you have enjoyed your favorite beverage or a bowl of berries. This keeps stains from adhering to your enamel until you can brush your teeth. Drinking enough water during the day reduces dry mouth and plaque formation too. Your entire body will thank you for it.
Brush twice daily and never go to bed without brushing. As mentioned above, our mouths are filled with good and bad bacteria. Not brushing at bedtime give those bad bacteria an extended period of time to wreak havoc in your mouth. And, as much as we hate flossing, it is extremely important to remove any food particles that we all miss with the brush. Don’t forget to schedule your cleaning appointments with your dentist. A dental hygienist will focus on removing tartar in those places that it builds up. Using an Earthen Clay, Non-GMO Birch Tree Xylitol, Pink Himalayan Salt and Untreated Sodium Bicarbonate based tooth powder actually reduces the severity of morning breath with its detoxification ability using negative ionic activity! It also is tough on plaque and tartar and eases dry mouths. "Sweet Teeth" Powder is an fantastic source of all of those ingredients in fun tropical 100% USDA Certified Organic flavors you and your family will enjoy using. It is not produced with harsh chemicals, is non-toxic, encourages saliva production for dry mouth suffers and is safe for children and dental work.
Gargling and brushing your tongue provides fresher breath. Avoid conventional mouthwashes due to the drying effects of alcohol and irritating chemicals. If you are prone to tonsil stones, gargling with warm disinfecting sea salt, 3 or 4 times a day, will generally clear them out within a few days. We incorporate Pink Himalayan Salt from the Ancient Sea in our "Sweet Teeth Powders. Sometimes the cause of bad breath may be from these most often harmless, but awful smelling tonsil stones. Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt into 8 ounces of warm water and gargle several times until you have used all of the solution. A nutrient-rich diet also proves to have a positive effect on the health of your mouth, especially foods with a high concentration of Vitamin-C. New research claims that periodontal disease is a form of Scurvy. Dating back to the 1800's, sailors out at sea sucked on fresh limes to stave off Scurvy. However, we would never recommend allowing the acid from citrus fruits to sit on your teeth for an extended period of time because it can erode your enamel.
There are thousands of harmful bacteria living on our tongues. After brushing your teeth, softly address your tongue with your toothbrush, as far back as possible, and then gargle and rinse with cool water. Cool water helps tighten gum tissue supporting your teeth.
Our toothbrushes harbor nasty bacteria. Rinsing your toothbrush with warm water for 20 seconds before and after use is sufficient to daily manage those germs. Some experts recommend soaking toothbrushes in a 3% hydrogen peroxide and water solution weekly. One teaspoon in 4 ounces of water for 10 minutes and then rinsed in warm water will refresh your brush for the week. Make sure to clean your toothbrush holder at the same time. Depending on the style of holder, you should be able to soak your brush in the holder and clean it at the same time. We never advocate dipping your toothbrush directly into a jar of tooth powder. We at Sweet Life Spa provide a wooden spoon to dip into the powder to be place in your palm, shake off the excess water, dip your toothbrush into the powder and then apply your product covered toothbrush to your teeth. Experts advise replacing your toothbrush every 3 months. Replace your brush sooner if the bristles are no longer upright. Wayward bristles can cause gum irritation and ineffective cleansing.
Following these tips will successfully maintain a whiter mouth, fresher breath and may even make you want to smile a lot more. Please visit sweetlifespa.com for further information about our tooth powder formulas, flavors and prices.