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Dental Tips

Dental tips Floss!
The single most beneficial thing you can do to improve your dental health is to learn to floss properly and do it at least once every day (you knew that)!

There are many reasons for avoiding tongue piercing; aspirated jewelry, broken teeth, blood poisoning and bad breath, are just few reasons we advise against it.

Athletic Mouth Guard
A must for contact sports! Teeth are 60 times more susceptible to damage without a mouth guard.

Use a Soft Toothbrush
Medium and hard bristle brushes are too abrasive to teeth and gums.

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a side effect of many common medications. A dry mouth creates an environment for odor causing bacteria to flourish, and also increases food retention around teeth leading to decay. Drink water, use "saliva substitute" products, and occasionally chew sugar free gum to stimulate the salivary glands.

Smoking and "Smokeless Tobacco"
Tobacco in any form is extremely harmful to oral tissues. Its relationship to oral cancer is well documented. It's not worth the risk.

Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth generally cause problems when they erupt partially through the gums. The most common reasons for removing them are decay, gum infection, orthodontic indications, and cyst formation.

Dental X-rays
X-rays are an important part of your dental diagnosis. An X-ray survey may reveal:
• The number, size, and position of teeth
• Unemerged or impacted teeth
• The presence and extent of dental cavities (decay)
• The presence of periodontitis (gum disease with bone damage)
• Abscessed teeth
• Jaw fractures
• Other abnormalities

Tip of the Month

Tip of the Month 3 Things You May Not Know That Can Help Your Gums and Teeth
  1. Chocolate. Dark chocolate in moderation can help fight cavities. The cocoa in chocolate helps stop lactic acid production which reduces the break down of teeth
  2. Strawberries. Rubbing strawberries on your teeth can help to whiten them
  3. Echinacea. Echinacea is a natural herbal that has antibacterial properties and is very good on the gums. It helps reduce bleeding and swollen gums by killing bacteria that cause gum disease
The toothbrush can affect your health
  1. Change it every month (not 2-3 months), especially if you have a gum problem or after a cold
  2. Do not keep it in the bathroom. The bedroom is better
  3. If there is no choice but the bathroom, keep toobrush away from the toilet or at least close the lid BEFORE you flush the toilet
  4. Always use a soft toothbrush
  5. WASH your toothbrush like you wash a knife and fork because you use the toothbrush more intimately
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