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Brush Your Teeth Everyday
It might seem like common sense, but it's amazing how many people skip brushing their teeth. Dentists say that you should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Bad dental hygiene makes it more likely that plaque will form, which is the main cause of cavities and gum disease. Set a timer or brush to the beat of a song to make sure you clean everything well. Make sure to thoroughly brush the entire surface of each tooth as part of your routine, both in the morning and before bed. You can also prevent bad breath and tooth decay by brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper. Even if you have some sort of cosmetic dentistry work completed, it's important that you take proper care of your teeth.
Regular Dental Appointments
Regular visits with your dentist can help prevent gum disease and cavities. It can also help detect the early signs of other health problems, such as oral cancer. A lot of people are afraid to go to the dentist, and this phobia can keep them from going for months or even years. If you're worried about making an appointment or getting treatment, there are ways to calm your nerves. In order to counter your fears, your dentist will be happy to discuss things like IV dental sedation, distraction techniques and technology that makes injections less painful. If you don't have a dentist, you can look for one who specializes in dealing with patients who are scared.
Eat Well And Cut Down On Sugary Snacks
Most of us know that some foods are bad for our teeth, but did you know that when you eat is just as important as what you eat? When we eat, it also feeds the bacteria in our mouths, which makes acids come out. These acids hurt the enamel and make it weaker for a short time. The enamel needs time to get better. If you eat and snack all day, your enamel is constantly being attacked. Try not to snack and try to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. Cut down on how much sugar and acidic foods you eat and drink. And waiting 45 to 60 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth will help protect the enamel from from being damaged while it's soft.
Mind Your Mouth
Being mouth aware means keeping an eye on your teeth, gums and soft tissues. It also means taking care of your dental health if you notice any changes. Consult your dentist if you have pain, sensitive teeth, sore gums or bleeding gums when you brush. You should also make an appointment if you feel lumps or swelling in your mouth or throat, or if you have ulcers or sores that don't heal quickly. Most of the time, these signs are nothing to worry about, but they could be signs of mouth cancer.
Most of us want a nice, healthy smile. But we don't always give our teeth and gums enough time and care to ensure that we have it. You can use these simple dental health tips to keep your smile in good shape and to lower your risk of oral diseases.
This is a contributed post.