But, honest! We do have a muscle strengthening tip for you that you can do while brushing your teeth! First off, though, it’s important that you’re brushing your teeth correctly. So your Dakota Dental family dentistry friends would first like to give you an overview of how to brush your teeth right, then we’ll give you the little tip that will strengthen your core muscle group while you’re brushing and make you look great in your swimsuit this summer!
Follow these dental procedures from the American Dental Association for brushing your teeth:
* Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
* Important! Most people don’t do this: Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush just won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth!
* Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
* Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
* Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
* Use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
* Don’t forget to brush your tongue, too, to remove bacteria and give you fresh, clean breath.
Here’s the key, to brush your teeth well, it should take you around three minutes. That’s a bit of time! Most people don’t spend enough time cleaning their teeth well. It’s sort of silly how much time we spend daily on our physical appearance and yet so often we neglect our smile – a major facet to our appearance!
So take a full three minutes to brush your teeth and while you’re brushing, stand on one foot! Yup! We are serious! To do this, you’ll have to focus on tightening your abdominal muscles and your core muscle group. Challenge yourself to get to the point where you can brush the entire three minutes on one leg in the morning and the other leg in the evening.
With your Apple Valley Dakota Dental Clinic friends, you can for sure have the prettiest smile on the beach this summer. (The abs of steel are totally up to you!)