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Did you hear that the blues are coming to Tucson? Of course, we’re talking about the Graham Blues Festival coming up next month. And the blues is a fantastic part of American music, and it is uniquely American. However, when it comes to the blues, your mouth should be singing them, not experiencing them! The best way you can avoid the Dental Blues is with the right oral hygiene.

Good oral hygiene starts with your diet. It should be low in sugar and carbohydrates, and high in protein, fruits and leafy vegetables. The plaque on your teeth contain bacteria that interact with sugar to create acids that wear away your enamel. Carbohydrates break down into sugars which the bacteria can use as well. We may be bracing for a dry summer, but that doesn’t mean you should slack off on the water. When it comes to your teeth, water is the best thing for them. Not only will it keep your teeth clean, but will keep your body hydrated during the summer.

And yes, you do need to brush your teeth, but not just a quick couple of passes with your toothbrush on your way out the door in the morning or on your way to bed. You should brush at the very least two times a day for two minutes. Start with your upper teeth, followed by your lower teeth. Brush the outsides and then the insides, and don’t forget the biting and chewing surfaces of your teeth. You also need to brush your gums and your tongue. To clean your tongue, start brushing at the back and slowly work your way forward, and remember to clean the sides as well. You can use your toothbrush, or talk to our dentist. Dr. Jade Moellendorf about a tongue brush or tongue scraper. And don’t forget to floss at least once a day. It doesn’t matter if you floss or brush first, as long as you do a thorough job of both. Just like brushing, start at with your back teeth and floss your way forward, cleaning your upper teeth before your lower teeth. Floss under, and then away from the gum line. Curve your dental floss into a “c” shape around each of your teeth. It isn’t a bad idea to brush and floss after every meal, but give yourself about thirty minutes after you eat, so that your saliva has time to neutralize and remove the acids left over from your food. Speaking of the blues. You can sing them, and you can listen to them, but you shouldn’t see them when you open your mouth. Red gums can be a sign of gum disease, but did you know that if your gums are turning blue, that can also be an indicator?

To keep your teeth from singing the blues, you need to take care of them, and make sure that you visit iSmile for regular dental cleanings and exams in Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are ready to make your dental debut at our office, give us a call today at 855-438-4764.