Keeping Your Teeth Healthy This Summer

Posted on July 21, 2010

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While many people enjoy eating ice cubes during the hot summer season, a recent article in The Seattle Times says that this refreshing activity can fracture teeth. Seniors should be especially aware of this since chewing hard items such as ice can cause tiny cracks in teeth that have become brittle as a result of aging. Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Clean your gums well by turning your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle.
  • If necessary, tie a single or double knot in your floss to catch food pieces.
  • Don’t forget to floss the back teeth.
  • Change your toothbrush regularly.
  • Rinse your mouth with water to delay sugar activity after eating a sweet snack.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking can destroy both teeth and gums and has been known to cause cancer.
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