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We love our patients at Bright Now Dental, but we also know you’d prefer to spend as little time in our office as possible. It’s OK—we get it.

Dental work beyond the occasional check-up can be painful, time consuming and costly. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a healthy lifestyle between visits to the dentist.

We know you’re busy, so we’ve condensed this week’s post into four easy changes you can make starting today, to help improve your oral health.

1.    Switch from sugary sodas to sparkling water and fruit. A lot of what you love about soda can be had with this much healthier alternative. Try squeezing a lemon into your water, or adding some berries. Not only will you be keeping sugars from forming acids that can eat away at your teeth, you’ll be cutting some big-time calories from your diet, too.
2.    Order water with every drink you buy. Sensing a theme here? Water is great for your teeth and mouth. It’s OK to enjoy other types of beverages, as long as you clean your mouth out afterward. Water can prevent sugary drinks from lingering and causing bad breath and tooth decay, and it will help keep teeth from staining.
3.    Phase out chewy candies for hard sweets. Sugar isn’t necessarily bad for you; it’s the acids that are created when the bacteria in your mouth break down sugar. That starts to happen when sugars hang around in your mouth for too long, which is why chewy candies can be particularly bad for teeth. Phase them out of your snack routine, or be sure to thoroughly clean your teeth after you indulge.
4.    Switch to xylitol gum. This is one of the easiest ways to avoid too much sugar, especially if you chew gum a lot. Xylitol is sweet like sugar, but the bacteria in your mouth can’t break it down. That means less of a chance of bad breath and tooth decay. Chewing gum, by the way, is great for your mouth. It keeps it moisturized, which keeps your breath fresh and prevents cracking on your tongue and gums.

The most important thing is to visit your dentist regularly. You can schedule an appointment 24 hours a day using our online scheduling tool:http://www.brightnow.com/locations/dental-office-appointment ">
04/23/2014
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by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
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by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
04/04/2014
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by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
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by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
03/19/2014
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by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
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by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
03/06/2014
It’s almost reflexive here in the United States to flash a smile when we meet someone new or make eye contact with a stranger on the street. It’s a universal sign of friendliness—a non-verbal hello. But it’s not that way everywhere.Depending on where you are in the world, a smile can mean some very, ...
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02/28/2014
Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month as a way to help raise awareness about the importance of oral health and hygiene for youth. In its 65th year, this month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated denta ...
by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
02/19/2014
If you’re already brushing your teeth at least twice per day, you’re in great shape in terms of dental habits. But did you know you could get even more out of your brushing routine by making a few small tweaks in your method?This advice is so simple it barely qualifies as advice, but it’s a great wa ...
by: Sandy Johnson, RDH
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