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newParlsey isn't the only natural remedy for bad breath – coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom all combat halitosis. Chew on the herbs or brew up a tea for kissing sweet breath.

newHerbs and spices are natural breath enhancers. Carry a small plastic bag of cloves, fennel, or anise seeds to chew after malodorous meals!

newSpring clean your medicine cabinet – buy a new toothbrush! While the average American changes their toothbrush about twice a year, the American Dental Association recommends getting a new one every three months! Help keep your mouth clean and fresh with a clean and fresh new toothbrush!

newTo fight bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, mix up a mouthwash with 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to a half cup of lukewarm water. Rinse.

newMake your own mint mouth wash! Mix 2 oz of filtered water with 1/4 tsp baking soda or sea salt and 1 drop of pure peppermint oil. Swish it around like you always do and you'll be minty fresh in no time!

newBy now we've all heard about the myriad benefits of pomegranate. Mix pomegranate extract with water and use it as a mouth rinse three times a day, and your periodontal health will improve!

newGot kids? Then you probably know how difficult it can be to brush their teeth. To reassure them, try holding a mirror in front of them so they can see what you are doing in there, and they'll soon be taking over!

newKeep on crunching! Crunchy foods like carrots, apples, and celery naturally scrub your teeth to free up unwelcome guests. Of course, you'll still have to brush and floss...but now you can do it on a full stomach!

newHealthy teeth and gums don't just happen by accident. In addition to regular brushing and flossing , be sure to schedule some quality time with your dentist. About every six months should do it.

To heal winter cold sores, apply undiluted, pure essential oils of lavender, myrrh or melissa several times a day.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, your lower lip is one of the most common sites for squamous cell carcinoma to set in. Protect your lips during winter sports by using a lip balm with an SPF of 30.

The holiday season can be tiring. But especially for your teeth. From Halloween to Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, you are going to eat. And eat. And eat. Remember to be a vigilant brusher and flosser and even a mouth-washer during heavy holiday chewing times.

If you feel those lips starting to dry and chap, try rubbing on a little lemon juice instead of your usual Chapstick. It exfoliates your dead skin and keeps your lips smooth!

Make your own mouthwash by combining the following in an airtight bottle: 1 cup purified water, 1/4 cup soda water, 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, a few drops peppermint, spearmint, or tea tree oil. Shake well before using.

Nuts and whole grains are good for you, but not so good for your smile! Be sure to floss every day...or after every meal...to get rid of all those little "leftovers"!

Did you know that a sage leaf rubbed over the teeth and gums will help clean them and make them feel smooth and fresh? Try it - you'll like it!

Rinsing your toothbrush doesn’t get rid of the microorganisms that
contaminate it. Consider investing in a sanitizer to kill them before you
put that brush back into your mouth!

Don’t chew ice! Teeth are harder than ice, but ice is hard on teeth. It’s a great way to cool off, but eventually your teeth might get tired of it. Take a break before they do!

Kids: you need to take care of your teeth so they can help take care of you! Strong, healthy teeth help you chew the foods you need to grow!

Whether you have a mouth full of hardware or just a few crowns, it’s a good idea to use a water jet system to make sure you clean out all the places food particles can hide.

You don't have to wait until your 6-month check-up to get a new toothbrush. If yours is starting to wear out and the bristles are starting to spread, it's time to invest in a new one.

For optimum oral health, do not keep a lot of toothbrushes together in one cup. They will rub together and spread germs. Use a protector or store separately.

Soft drinks can wreak havoc on healthy teeth. Always enjoy in moderation, use a straw, or just go with water...your teeth will thank you.

That 2-minute rule for brushing is a good one to follow. But who’s looking at a clock when they’re brushing their teeth! Try a power toothbrush with a built-in timer such as the Interplak® Direct Plug-in Rechargeable Power Toothbrush (model# DPI9R)…makes good oral care easy!

Many people consider flossing a nuisance. But two minutes a day will save you hours in the dentist’s chair!

Just like Goldilocks and her porridge, you shouldn't have to settle for just any toothbrush. Brushes usually come with different bristle strengths. Too hard and you'll irritate your gums; too soft and you'll lose cleaning power. Find the one that's juuuusst right...

Smile! Those teeth were made for more than chewing food. Smiles are contagious - try it. Think about something funny, touching, or exciting and let those teeth show! A smile makes everybody feel better!

People who find it difficult to handle dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner, like special brushes, picks or sticks. To avoid injuring gums, ask your dentist about how to use them properly.

Flavored toothpaste is a smart and easy way to encourage kids to brush a little longer. Let your child pick his or her favorite flavor.

If you’ve recently been under the weather with a cold or flu, you should replace your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head as soon as you’re feeling better. Bacteria on your oral-care tools are nothing to smile about.

After brushing your teeth, brush your lips lightly with your wet toothbrush. Doing so sloughs off dry skin and makes your mouth feel super clean, inside and out!

Don’t let brushing end your oral care routine! Cleaning in between teeth with an Interplak Oral Irrigator will leave you with a cleaner, fresher smile.

Gums need stimulation to stay healthy. Every time you brush your teeth you’re massaging your gums. Do it for two full minutes, as your dentist recommends!

Interplak electric toothbrushes use gentle vibration to remove stubborn plaque, massage gums and polish teeth – an accomplishment your old stick brush can only reach for.

Tongue-lashing! Bacteria on your tongue cause bad breath – yuck! – don’t overlook that very important muscle in your oral cleansing routine.

Brushing for two full minutes with your toothbrush and a little dab of toothpaste exposes teeth to more valuable plaque-fighting flouride.

Brush those gums! Every time you brush your teeth, you’re massaging your gums. That keeps them healthy!

Don’t neglect your tongue! Try a tongue cleaner attachment for your power toothbrush to help ensure fresh breath.

Encourage your kids to use the water jet every day – on their teeth and gums, not each other!

Got little ones? Make brushing fun for them with a battery operated hero-themed toothbrush.

Healthy teeth and gums are important, so be sure to brush at least twice a day using an electrically powered toothbrush. These brushes remove plaque and prevent cavities and gum disease.

Keep a special travel kit for each of your kids, ready to bring on sleepovers. Include a little flashlight, a mini tube of toothpaste, and their very own rechargeable power toothbrush.

Make sure to floss every day! Flossing removes food that will eventually turn to plaque and bacteria, causing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.

 
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