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So, you brush and floss your teeth every day. Or maybe you don’t…but there is much more to dental hygiene than just that. Brushing and flossing is great, but if you want great teeth, there is more that you need to pay attention to.

Everything that you consume and every movement you make with your mouth contributes to your oral health. Checkout these 10 tips for improving your dental hygiene that go beyond simply brushing and flossing your teeth.
Eat these!
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Eat plenty of foods with calcium. Calcium is great for bone health and your teeth. Cheese, milk and yogurt are all great foods that can improve your oral health.
Avoid or limit these.
Limit sugary snacks and drinks, especially before bed. Sugar is basically bacteria food because with it bacteria can thrive and cause decay and plaque buildup. If you must have a sugary treat – because face it, we all have our vices – then be sure to brush your teeth afterwards.
Get to the dentist!
Dental visits are vital to your oral health. It is recommended to visit your dentist for a cleaning/checkup every 6 months and whenever you are experiencing constant mouth pain. Sure, you can clean your teeth with brushing and flossing and mouth rinses, but even with that, plaque buildup and tartar (which can’t be removed with a toothbrush) form and your dentist can remove it.
Rinse that mouth.
Fluoride rinses and mouth wash are a great addition to your dental hygiene regimen. Use a fluoride rinse right before bed so the fluoride can set on your teeth and strengthen them over night. Or use a mouth wash every morning to kill bacteria and fight bad breath.
Clean your tongue.
You should clean the surface of your tongue every day when you brush your teeth. You can purchase a professional tongue cleaner which will remove more bacteria than you can alone, or scrub you tongue (gently!) with your toothbrush. This will help eliminate bad odors in your mouth.
Change your toothbrush.
Yes, I know I said “besides” brushing, but this is really about the brush itself. It’s best to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Toothbrushes don’t last forever and will deteriorate with age and use, so do yourself and favor and switch it up.
Be aware of your mouth.
You should be aware of how your mouth feels. If you have a consistent tooth pain, don’t just brush it aside until your dentist appointment 4 months down the road. Set up an appointment as soon as you can to get it checked out. If you have a cracked tooth or decay, your dentist can prevent it from getting worse. No one wants to get a root canal.
Your oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing, and it can have a greater effect on your entire body than you might know. Beyond appearances and keeping your mouth clean, a lack of dental hygiene can lead to diabetes, heart disease, infections, eating and speaking disabilities, and other potentially life-threatening problems. Take care of your teeth for better overall health.


One thing that many people take for granted every day is their feet. Not many think about how your feet carry you around every day, to work, back home, to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the grocery store, and so on. And how do you thank them? By cramming them into tight 4-inch stilettos when you go clubbing on the weekend or keeping them shut up in smelly socks all day.
Our friends at a prosthetic company in Twin Falls have put together a list of ways that you can strengthen and work your feet out to keep them in great shape for helping you with your day to day tasks.
Toe Curling/Gripping
While you’re sitting on the couch after a long day at work, pull your socks off and start curling your toes. This strengthens the muscles in your feet and helps improve balance when you pair that with gripping items. Try gripping and picking up small items like your sock or a pen.
Toe Stretching
Just like any other muscle in your body, your feet and toes need stretching too. Can you stretch each individual toe voluntarily? Try this when you’re lounging around at home. Start with your big toe and work your way down. If you can’t stretch your toes voluntarily, use your hands to gently stretch each toe for 10-15 seconds.
Calf Raises
You get a double bonus with calf raises, strengthening calf and feet muscles. Have you ever been doing calf raises and felt your feet start to burn? Good! That means it’s working. This exercise also helps you to improve balance. Try doing this in your spare time or when you’re on a break at work or standing in line at the grocery store.
Walk Barefoot
Because your feet need to breathe too, set them free and walk barefoot in the grass across your front yard, or even just around your living room. Feel every movement in your foot and sense every surface that it touches. If you do walk around barefoot, watch out for obstacles that can cause harm to your feet – like sharp rocks hidden in the grass or furniture that you can stub your toe on.
Focus On the Edges
While standing, or sitting with your feet on the ground in front of you, roll your feet first to the outer edge and hold for 10-15 seconds and then move to the inner edge of your feet. Repeat a few times and feel the tension release from your feet as they are stretched in a way that you don’t usually focus on.
Take care of your feet. They should be just as fit as you are, or more. Treat them with respect and take the time to do some of these strengthening exercises the next time you are just sitting at home.
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