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Here are the Basics for Good Oral and Dental Health

4-gfgb12hfa-london-scoutThe basics for good oral and dental health is a toothbrush, toothpaste, oral rinse and floss.
When I was younger, you had few choices. You didn’t have electric toothbrushes. You certainly had fewer options for toothpaste. The same with oral rinses and flosses.
Let’s take a look at the buying options for toothpaste:
To fight cavities, try toothpaste with fluoride which will help you in your battle with cavities. I have a cousin who has campaigned against fluoride in our drinking water, and I assume in our toothpaste.
To whiten your teeth, you have many choices that claim to whiten your teeth. Many of the options will help polish your teeth and keep additional stains from occurring. Look for a brand that has “modified silicone abrasives.” This will help, but if your teeth still are stained after regular use, contact your dentist for an alternative.
To go holistic, you have herbal alternatives to traditional toothpastes. Look for one with the American Dental Association logo on the box. By going all natural, you will avoid fluoride, the abrasive ingredients in the whitening toothpastes and other chemicals used for tartar and bacterial control. Some people use baking soda and holistic brands. Technically, if you brush correctly and for at least two minutes, you could even use plain water (buy distilled water to avoid the fluoride).
To desensitize your sensitive teeth, you can purchase various brands that will help minimize the pain caused by cold, hot or sweets.
Most dental authorities recommend toothpaste with fluoride (1,000 parts per million) in it because that it will fight plaque buildup which causes tartar to occur. Once you have tartar, brushing will not get rid of it. It is tartar that helps cause gum disease and tooth decay. Your dentist with his pic is the only way to remove tartar buildup.
One important new guideline that I just learned is that rinsing after brushing is not necessarily what you should do. In fact, if you don’t rinse the ingredients in your toothpaste can be absorbed by your teeth and gums.
As I mentioned you could brush with water if you use the correct technique. Remember, at least two minutes with the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle. Also concentrate on each tooth 10-15 brush strokes. And don’t forget to floss, which some people say is even better than brushing. Keep the floss tight against your teeth to help it break up the plaque.
You still will have to go the dentist at least twice a year. By having regular checkups you are giving your dentist a chance to catch oral cancer at an early stage plus any trauma to your mouth. My dentist realized I was grinding my teeth — that is how I lost one tooth. My dentist gave me a dental guard custom-made for my mouth.
If you don’t take care of your teeth, you will leave yourself open to cavities and gum disease. If you don’t, you know how the witches look with teeth missing. You will fit in great during Halloween.

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