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Practical Dental Health Tips

By Gerald Regni, DMD on March 14, 2016

If you want a beautiful smile with healthy teeth, it is important that you practice proper oral hygiene. In case you haven’t been caring for your teeth, it can easily lead to gum ailments, bad breath, bone loss, and even loss of teeth. That is why it is so important to schedule regular appointments twice a year with your dentist as part of your oral hygiene regimen. Here are some tips for ensuring having a healthy mouth:

Brushing teeth: It is important to keep the brush at an angle of 45° and don’t brush the gums. Simply put the brush in contact with the tooth surface. The bristles should only touch your gum line, nothing deeper. All tooth surfaces should be cleaned thoroughly so that there is no plaque build-up. Furthermore, don’t neglect the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth. This ensures that all bacteria will be removed and lessen the risk of bad breath. If you cannot brush during the day, you should at least rinse your mouth after every meal or snack.

Flossing: Though you might be brushing regularly already, flossing is equally important because food particles get lodged between teeth tend and to rot over time. This inevitably results in bad breath and tooth decay. Most of the time brushing cannot dislodge the particles, so flossing is essential and should be done at least once every night.

Avoid smoking: Smoking is not just bad for your lungs and mouth, but equally bad for your teeth as tobacco leaves a residue on them. Additionally people tend to eat candy or drink coffee to mask the odor after a smoke. This can create additional damage.

Calcium: It is important that you drink plenty of milk and eat calcium-rich foods. Depending on your age, you may want to consider taking calcium supplements to avoid enamel loss. Keep in mind that Vitamin-D, copper, iodine, and zinc are all necessary for maintaining the health of your teeth and gums.

Use Mouthwash: Though not all mouthwash is useful, you should consider using one that contains chlorine dioxide. This kills bacteria, maintains good teeth, and helps to avoid bad breath. Use it twice a day.

Visit the dentist: You need to visit the dentist and get full a full check-up and exam. If there is any issue, X-Rays will be taken to check for current and future dental issues.

Tongue cleaning: It is essential to clean your tongue so that there is no growth of bacteria on the surface that could eventually lead to bad breath.

Don’t avoid dental symptoms: Don’t ignore what may appear to be dental problems as this can increase the risk of tooth loss in the future. Schedule regular appointments and if you are under treatment, ensure that you don’t miss any follow-up sessions.

Taking care of your teeth ensures that you can avoid serious dental issues such as decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. Not practicing proper oral hygiene can lead to gum diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and many other ailments.

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