Give a Little TLC to your Teeth This Valentine’s Day!!

Give a Little TLC to your Teeth This Valentine’s Day!!

What could be better than giving yourself a good pampering session, especially if you’re planning a romantic evening? We may spend time shaving or soaking in a lovely bubble bath, enjoying a manicure or pedicure often we forget to spread the love to our teeth and mouths. So here are our some tips to giving your mouth a bit of TLC – after all you never know who you may be kissing over the weekend!

1. Gleaming fresh mouth

There’s nothing quite like the freshness of teeth after a visit to the hygienist, which I like to refer as the tooth spa!! But how can we get that all round clean feeling at home? Spend some quality time really giving your teeth a spring clean at least once a day this means brushing each surface of each tooth. The easiest way to do this is divide your mouth into four sections upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left.  Spend at least 30 seconds in each section brushing on each of the three surfaces (inside, outside and biting surface). Don’t forget to floss in all teeth, the tooth brush cannot get tight spaces and in-between the teeth to remove plaque.  Give your tongue a nice cleaning with your tongue scraper this removes hidden bacteria! Finally rinse your mouth with a Xylitol rinse, it will reduce the bacteria levels in the mouth giving fresh taste and breathe!!

2. Kiss goodbye the bad smells

Avoid strongly flavoured foods such as garlic and curry the day before a date. Coffee and smoking also leads to bad breath so cut those out if you can. Make sure to drink plenty of water too as that helps keep saliva flowing and rinses away those smelly germs. Don’t forget to brush or scrap the top of your tongue every day morning and night if you can as that furry surface is a great place for bacteria to gather!

3. Freshen breath

Chew gum or mints that contains xylitol, if you can’t brush – it helps to clean the teeth as well as neutralize acid from food and drink.

4. Moisturize those lips

At this time of year central heating and cold winds can dry and chap lips so keep them soft and supple by using lip balm and apply regularly.

5. Smile!

Nothing is more attractive to other people so always wear a smile. Smiling, laughing, and positive thinking have been shown to have a huge number of health benefits to both mind and body. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, these are brain chemicals that make us feel happy. They are also a natural pain and stress relieve!!

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Dr Christopher Sims

After attending the University of Toronto to obtain his DDS, Dr. Christopher Sims made his way to Hamilton to complete an undergrad at McMaster Unversity. But his education didn’t stop there. He’s completed a number of additional courses to best serve his patients and be able to educate them too.

No matter your age, dental condition, and if you have a million questions, Dr. Sims can assist you or your young children in a professional manner and loves answering any of your questions or concerns.
Dr. Sims grew up in Grimsby playing basketball, so he’s always up for talking about the Raptors! He’s also a football fan - go Buffalo Bills! In his free time, if he’s not watching a basketball game or football game, you’ll likely find him working out, cooking (got any new recipe ideas?), and of course, spending time with his amazing family.
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