Surfing Dentistry Oral Health

Surfing, Dentistry, Oral Health all have something in common, and it isn’t Coastal Pediatric Dental & Anesthesia.

Australian professional surfer Tyler Wright, and her Colgate sponsor, can be seen above winning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . She was part of the Colgate Plax Girls Pro. Tyler Wright took first place. So Girls take note! Girls can shred too. Tyler probably realizes the importance of brushing and flossing. She rocks that smile whenever she wins, and she wins a lot. Therefore, Tyler needs to keep those pearly whites healthy.

I was hoping that Coastal Pediatric Dental & Anesthesia was unique in our love of dentistry and everything Coastal – including surfing. Colgate loves surfing too. A big thumbs up to Colgate for being a sponsor of the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Oral health and Hygiene – the key to prevention

Even surfing pros know they have to care for their smiles and keep cavities and periodontal disease at bay. Therefore, a healthy oral hygiene regiment consists of brushing and flossing. Tooth brushing should be done twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Especially, don’t forget to brush those teeth before bedtime. We should always go to bed with clean teeth.

Despite the media suggesting flossing isn’t effective, Dental floss is still important to good hygiene. Dental floss is often the only way to break up plaque between your teeth. A lack of flossing your teeth is what causes gums to bleed. Bleeding gums is a sign of gingivitis. After a week of flossing daily, you will notice your gums shouldn’t bleed anymore. If you find your floss shredding, try waxed floss. If you have a hard time flossing with your fingers, try a flosser such as Plackers. Dental flossers can be great for parents whose kids don’t want to hold still for flossing time each night.

At Coastal we want to promote healthy mouths and healthy lives. Surf pros know they need healthy mouths to stay strong and shred waves. These habits start young as kids, so parents don’t forget to help your kids brush and floss. Maybe that little surfer may grow up to be the next surf Pro.