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National Oatmeal Month & Your Teeth

If you’re contemplating breakfast, consider a bowl of oatmeal. During National Oatmeal Month, this is your chance to start eating better.

Why Oatmeal Is Good

  1. First, oatmeal helps lower cholesterol and stabilize your blood sugar.
  2. Second, oats help protect your heart and colon.
  3. Third, oats make an easy, balanced breakfast.
  4. Fourth, oats are full of vitamins and minerals including, thiamine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron.
  5. Fifth, oats are gluten-free.
  6. Sixth, oats help you control your weight.
  7. Finally, you can make oatmeal delicious with added fruit.

Take Care of Your Smile During National Oatmeal Month

Every dentist will tell you that brushing is an important part of your dental care. To have a healthy mouth and smile, the American Dental Association recommends:

  1. First and foremost, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
  2. Second, replace your toothbrush every three or four months.
  3. Third, make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

Talk to your local dentist about what types of dental products you should be using. If you see the ADA Seal, that tells the product has met their criteria for safety and effectiveness.

Keep Up with Scheduled Cleanings

Here are some friendly tips from Dr. Nick,

  • First, replace your toothbrush: Toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3 months or earlier if the bristles fray or flatten.
  • Secondly, take care of your tongue: As well as teeth, the tongue needs to be cleaned too. Whenever you brush your teeth, take some time to scrape your tongue to prevent bacteria that causes bad breath. You can either use your brush or a tongue scraper. If you are looking for a tongue cleaner, Dr. Nick’s WHITE & healthy Tri-Angle™tongue cleaner is carefully angled to follow the natural curves of the human tongue.
  • Thirdly, floss before brushing: Flossing first makes brushing more effective by removing the particles of food that gets trapped between your teeth.
  • Finally, minimize the intake of food that can stain your teeth: Certain foods or drinks such as coffee, wine and blueberries are likely to stain your teeth. Every time you eat/drink something that may cause teeth discoloration, rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or even water. Munch on veggies and fruits that are good for your teeth such as apple, carrots and celery.
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