This is a wedding blog and I am going to talk about taking care of your teeth. But I need to clarify: this post is not about how to have pearly whites so you look all bright and shiny on the "Most Important Day of Your Life."
First of all, our weddings are not the most important days of our lives. They are just one of many awesome days.
Secondly, there are way more important reasons to take care of our teeth other than looking more photogenic on our wedding days. Namely, to have a lifetime of solid dental health!
You may be wondering if I am actually qualified to write said post about proper dental health. No, I don't have any relevant degrees or any relevant work experience. I just happen to be obsessed with dental hygiene because I come from a long line of poor gums (and I have an abnormally high aversion toward getting dental work done).
So, when I went to the dentist for my regular check-up, I seized the opportunity to grill her about how to best take care of my teeth (yes, all my chatter did slow down the cleaning process a bit). In care you're interested, here's what she said:
- Be sure to brush at least twice a day for two minutes. CHECK.
- Be sure to floss at least once a day. CHECK.
- Buy a Sonicare to ensure high quality brushing. She said in her experience this particular brand is superior.
- Don't brush your teeth right after eating citrus (it will remove the enamel) but do swish some water around to get the citrus off your teeth.
- Don't drink a lot of sugary drinks or chew a lot of sugary gum. CHECK and CHECK.
I'm eager to invest in a fancy toothbrush, based on her recommendation. I'm also going to start brushing the inside of my teeth first, since those areas seem to have more problems. If I start with them first, I will be more likely to concentrate on them.
How does your dental routine measure up? What are you doing well? What do you wish you would do differently? Any other ideas for the rest of us about taking care of our teeth?