Anti Aging Mouth Care

Brush, Floss, Massage!

You have read about selecting the best tools for anti aging your mouth. Now let's talk about using those tools in anti aging mouth care.

You are probably thinking that you have been brushing your teeth for years, so why should you take the time to read about this?

The most you can expect from this session of the Anti Aging Guide is the discovery of something new that you do not know: the least you can expect is a re-defining of the procedures that you have always known, but may have slipped a little due to a busy lifestyle.

Step 1 - Brushing your teeth

I really feel that I am belaboring the point but your teeth are so very important to your overall health and contribute so much to anti aging that smile.

The major cause of tooth loss is gum disease and tooth decay. Avoid both by how learning to brush your teeth properly in the morning and in the evening.

(a) Squeeze a strip of toothpaste along the top of your toothbrush.

I prefer a toothpaste that does not contain fluoride, aluminium, artificial sweeteners or detergents.

Your breath is freshened and healthy teeth and gums are maintained.

(b) When using a Manual Toothbrush hold your brush:

  • 45 degree angle at the top of your gums when brushing
    inner and outer tooth surfaces.
  • rotate your brush to the bottom of your teeth
  • flat and move brush back and forth when brushing chewing surfaces
  • vertical and move brush tip up and down on the inside surfaces
    of your front, top and front, bottom teeth
  • vertical and move brush back to front on your tongue
  • flat as you roll your brush over the roof of your mouth

When you brush your gums as you brush you teeth, you help reduce the risk of your gums receding and causing those irritating, little aches at the top of your teeth.

Can you guess how the saying "long in the tooth" originated?

(c) Using a Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush allows you to simply guide the brush head along all surfaces of your mouth.

  • inner and outer tooth surfaces
  • chewing surfaces
  • inside surfaces of your top and bottom teeth
  • surface of your tongue
  • roof of your mouth

To make your brushing easier and more convenient you may like the Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush you choose to have features such as:

  • brushing modes for sensitive teeth, whitening benefits or gum-massaging action
  • pressure sensors that indicate when you are brushing too hard
  • timers to monitor how long you have been brushing
  • reminders to replace your brush head

(d) A Battery Powered Toothbrush is similar in design to a regular manual toothbrush. However, it has enough vibration to provide extra cleaning action.

Using a battery powered toothbrush is similar to using a manual toothbrush. You provide most of the brushing action. Although the bristles or split brush heads are vibrating, you are required to hold and maneuver the brush using movements similar to a manual toothbrush

Step 2 - Flossing your teeth

Flossing and brushing work hand-in-hand in your program to maintain a clean and healthy mouth. One without the other reduces the effectiveness of both!

Just as brushing cleans the surface of your teeth and gums, flossing cleans in between your teeth and massages your gums. It has been proven that sensitive or bleeding gums are improved by flossing.

It is a good idea to try different types of floss to find one that is comfortable for you. Try a soft, wider floss or dental tape to help reduce the discomfort you may be experiencing with the thin dental floss.

Remember, if your gums are sensitive, the key word is "soft". Use a "soft" touch when brushing and flossing.

  • Wrap the dental floss around a finger on each hand.
  • Begin with either your top or bottom teeth
  • Keep the floss taunt
  • Slip the dental floss between each tooth, following the shape of your tooth to the gum line, down and out to the next tooth
  • Finish by rinsing with water

Step 3 - Massaging your gums

When you begin to use your gum stimulator, you will be amazed at the amount of plaque it removes from your gum line. Another great way to reduce gum disease.

When using a manual gum stimulator, simply place the rubber tip on the gum line between each tooth and gently massage your gum, follow your gum line with the stimulator to your next tooth and again gently massage the gum line.

Remember to do both the front and back sides of your teeth.

The gum stimulator comes with additional rubber tips. It is a good idea to change the tip on your stimulator every month.

You may wish to massage your gums with a battery operated gum stimulator. It also enhances gum stimulation and blood flow to the gums which often helps to reverse periodontist/gum disease.

Step 4 - Rinsing with mouth wash

Deciding to use a mouth wash as part of your regular routine is your personal preference. Although you may decide to use it either regularly or on an "as needed basis", it is a good idea to have mouth wash available, should your need it.

Use mouth wash after you have brushed, flossed and used your stimulator. To gain the most benefit from your mouthwash:

  • use the correct amount
  • swish for the suggested amount of time

It is a nice, fresh, clean finish to a regular, healthy oral care routine.

Step 5 - Whitening your teeth

The question is not whether to whiten or not to whiten; the question is which method is right for you?

Your personal indulgences often contribute quite significantly to dull, dingy teeth. Some of the real culprits that stain your teeth are:

  • Coffee
  • Smoking
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Red and white wine
  • Cranberry juice
  • Blueberries

Whitening your teeth will anti age your smile significantly. You will suddenly find you are smiling much more frequently and much broader.

There are several avenues available that you can pursue in your quest for whiter teeth in your anti aging mouth care program.

  • Profession Tooth Whitening - process takes place in the dentist's office
  • At-Home Whitening Kits - purchased from your dentist
  • Whitening Toothpaste and Mouth Rinses - may be purchased at your local drugstore

Do chat with your dentist about whitening your teeth to discover the best process for you before you purchase any whitening process.

Personally, I chose the at-home whitening kit. The first application requires wearing the trays at night for a specified amount of time.

Following that, you can touch up your pearly whites by loading and wearing the trays for a very short time--2 or 3 times per year.

It works very well!

Status--Where you are in the Program

Learning how to care for your mouth and applying that knowledge is a major step in your anti aging mouth care routine.

When a person has a great smile that shows a clean, healthy mouth you are presenting the image of a someone who cares about their health and about how they present themselves to others.

Everyone loves receiving a great smile!

Next Steps

It is time to move on to anti aging your body and discovering the benefits of:

  • avoiding hot water toxins
  • cleansing and smoothing your skin
  • nourishing the skin on your body

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