It can be daunting to look down the dental aisle at the store and see all kinds of tooth brushes, whitening gear and mouthwashes.
Dr. Denise Long says the best way to keep your teeth healthy for life requires brushing for two minutes a day, twice a day. She also says it is important to use a soft bristle tooth brush and to brush in circles, rather than scrubbing.
When it comes to whitening, Dr. Long says it is important to consult your dentist before you begin any whitening process - over-the-counter or not. She also says there is a such a thing as too white. You have to work with your dentist to see where you came from and notice the progress you've made.
Dr. Long says some side effects of over-whitening your teeth or not taking proper care of them include your teeth turning gray and sensitive to hot or cold items. She says you can also see your gums recede.
Dr. Long has a couple tips for kids going trick-or-treating this Halloween, too. To keep the kids cavity-free, monitor what they eat. She also suggests they participate in a candy buy back program as an incentive.
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