Thursday, November 14, 2013

Keep Calm, Brush and Sparkle!

Don’t forget to brush!  Those are the four magic words for dentist and orthodontist everywhere.  Every time you go to the dentist they always tell you to brush. Sometimes your face gets all red because you’re scared that they noticed you didn’t brush before you came.  However, all they’re saying is that you need to keep your teeth clean, even if you have the prettiest teeth in town.  Trust me I’ve been told many times to brush my teeth twice a day. 

                Before I got my braces on I said I was going to wear my rubber bands, brush three times a day. All I wanted was teeth like Mr. Clean when I got my braces off.  One of my friends had braces and when she got hers off she had pretty straight white teeth that sparkled. After I had seen her teeth I said I wanted to look just like that when I got mine off.  On the other hand, when I got my braces on I only stuck to that  for about a week. After that week I started getting really lazy and quit brushing as many times.  By the end of my treatment I regretted ever getting lazy, because now I have to pay even more attention to keep my teeth nice and clean.

                Many kids think that brushing is only a thing to keep your teeth clean.  In reality, it actually helps you from getting cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease.  Also, brushing isn’t just a twenty second thing to really get your teeth clean you need to brush for at least 2 minutes. When you brush it helps clean the surface of your teeth and when you floss it gets the plaque between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

                In conclusion, if you focus on brushing and flossing then your teeth will sparkle when you get your braces off. Plus, the next time you go to the dentist you won’t be red faced because they noticed you didn’t brush your teeth.

                                Blog was written by a former patient of McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman!