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Common Mistakes We Make When Caring For Our Teeth

Common Mistakes We Make When Caring For Our Teeth

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We all know we should take better care of our teeth. When we look into the mirror and see an unsightly filling, or when we wake up in the middle of the night in agony from one of our molars, we realize we may not have done enough to look after ourselves.

There are a number of dental mistakes people make and we have listed them in this article. Do yourself a favor and take heed of them before you wake up one morning and realize it’s too late to save your pearly whites.

Believing dentists will cause us pain

Yes, occasionally there will be pain when you visit the dentist, but not as much as you think. If you haven’t visited the dentist for a long time, you will be surprised at how much technology has moved on. All procedures, from fillings to teeth removal, are a lot less painful than they used to be. A lot of our fear stems from bad experiences when we were younger, or by listening to the exaggerated stories told by others. Of course, whatever pain you do feel at the dentist, however slight, it will be a lot less than getting toothache if you don’t make that check up

Forgetting to floss

Cleaning your teeth several times a day is important, but you need to floss as well. Many of us ignore our dentist when he mentions flossing, partly because we don’t want to spend ages in front of the mirror using dental floss. However, we need to get rid of the food stuck between our teeth; otherwise, decay will set in. Flossing is the best way of doing this, so we avoid it at our peril. Rather than regular flossing, consider water flossing instead which is a quicker and more comfortable experience. Here is a list of the best water flossers on the market. You will be surprised at how better your mouth feels within a very short time.

Not going for regular check-ups

Whether it’s fear or laziness, people still insist on not getting their teeth checked regularly. We should go at least twice a year. Dentists will not only check for any cavities, but they can also detect diseases that could threaten your life, such as diabetes and cancer.

There is an expense involved in going to the dentist, and having insurance in place will cover some of that. You will end up paying out a lot more money in the long-term if problems are found, so a regular visit should alleviate your financial burden.

Using the toothbrush incorrectly

You can do a lot to maintain your teeth, but the most important way is to regularly use your toothbrush. Make sure you cover every area of your teeth and gums for optimum cleaning and hygiene. Secondly, don’t brush your teeth too hard as you can cause extra damage, such as causing your gums to bleed. Finally, after prolonged use, your toothbrush will become frayed and lose its effectiveness. Therefore you should buy a new toothbrush every three months to ensure your teeth are receiving the best treatment.

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A Smile A Day Keeps the Dentist Away 

A Smile A Day Keeps the Dentist Away

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Our teeth go through a lot in their lifetime. If we live past the age of 70, it is likely that we will have lost the majority of them through natural decay; the lifespan of a tooth has not evolved in the same way as our general lifespan has, as the years have gone by and been kinder to us.

There are so many ways to treat our teeth the way that they deserve to be treated, yet many of us rarely do it (only half of us admit to keeping up a regular flossing routine). So what can we do to ensure our smile never fades?

Floss

So as previously stated, only half of us floss. The main reason that a number of us don’t is because we haven’t been brought up with it as habit (i.e. shown to us as a positive thing to do by parents or another figure that we would’ve looked up to as children), so it is imperative that if you have a child, you show them what to do when they are age-appropriate. Flossing has evolved so that you don’t even have to rely on the traditional dental-string now to get in between your teeth – interdental brushes such as those made by Wisdom and TePe are gaining in popularity due to dentist recommendations, and come in different sizes to ensure a more thorough clean than traditional floss could ever provide.

Brush Properly

It may sound incredibly patronizing, as it is something that we have been doing every day for years, but do you know how to brush your teeth? Have a quick search online for how best to do it. You may be thinking that the whiter your teeth are is a good indicator of how good your brushing technique is, but the colour of your teeth isn’t the main thing that dentists are looking for to show that you are up keeping a good routine. There are things to help you get your teeth looking whiter if brushing isn’t helping – look for reviews on the best teeth whitening strips for a quicker solution if any whitening toothpaste that you have invested in isn’t working as well as you had hoped.

Drink More

Certain drinks stain – certainly the notable ones like coffee, tea and wine – and not just your carpets if spilt. They can cause marks to appear on teeth that may be hard to get off, if you can get them off at all without cosmetic help. If you drink more water, not only will this help with your general health and wellbeing, but it is also extremely good for your teeth. Any food debris that you have floating around your mouth will be washed away with water without causing any other damage, and it will help your mouth to keep lubricated with saliva. As gross as this sounds, saliva is actually your friend – it contains enamel-strengthening enzymes which fight against tooth decay and help to keep your mouth a happy one.

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Help, My Tooth Has Broken! What To Do In An Emergency

Help, My Tooth Has Broken! What To Do In An Emergency

We are all fairly open to the idea of breaking a bone, or suffering a fracture of sorts. It’s something most of us do at some point in our lives, and although it can be inconvenient it isn’t something that bothers us too much. One thing most people don’t expect to break, however, is a tooth. When do break or chip one, it can have quite a big impact on your life. First off, it can cause you to have difficulty eating, especially if the nerve was damaged in the process of breaking off. It can also hugely affect your self confidence. If the broken tooth is at the front of your mouth, you may become self-conscious when smiling, and may even avoid going out in public until it is fixed. So if you do suffer a broken tooth, how can you cope with it and fix it?

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Prevention

Obviously, prevention is better than a cure. Most broken or chipped teeth happen as a result of a freak accident – perhaps a blow to the face or biting down on something exceptionally hard. But sometimes they can also be the result of poor dental hygiene too. For example. if you have cavities (tooth decay), your teeth may be weakened, meaning that even a light blow could cause them to crack or break. The most important thing to do to prevent this occurring is to keep on top of your dental hygiene. You should brush frequently, at least twice a day, and use floss as well. It is also advisable to use an electric toothbrush, as this will get into places that a manual brush misses. See your dentist for check ups regularly, just so they can check whether anything is amiss or not.

Treatment

There isn’t really any way you can treat a broken tooth at home. Handling it yourself could only make it worse, and you could put yourself at risk of an infection by doing so. Instead, see your dentist as soon as possible. Explain to them what has happened and you may be in with a chance of getting a fast appointment. Your dentist will check whether there is anything medically wrong with your mouth before sorting out the appearance of the tooth. The remains of the broken tooth may be covered with a pfm crown and dental bridge. These are made out of either porcelain or ceramic and can be color matched to blend in with the natural color of your teeth.

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Coping

It can be very easy to panic when you have just suffered a broken tooth, but try and stay calm. Unless you feel any pain in the tooth itself, it is unlikely that the damage is anything more than superficial. If you have a phobia of the dentist, take a friend or family member along for moral support. Your dentist will have dealt with thousands of these kinds of cases in their lifetime, so don’t be embarrassed – they will have seen it all before. A cracked or broken tooth can be unsightly at first, but it is easily fixed and remember that it could always be worse.

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The Tooth About Maintaining A Healthy Mouth

The Tooth About Maintaining A Healthy Mouth

Looking after your health is always an uphill struggle, because everything you do in the world weathers your body in some way or another. Perhaps unexpectedly, one of the places most susceptible to health problems throughout the day is your mouth. Although, this isn’t really so shocking when you give the matter a little thought.

Your mouth is exposed to food each and every day, along with countless other things that you might inhale simply by walking through the city, which means you’re ingesting numerous bacteria every second that you breathe. So, avoiding issues within your mouth, whether that involves your gums or teeth, is quite difficult.

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The goal of attaining a healthy mouth can seem incredible strenuous, as it requires a carefully-planned diet and a strong hygiene routine, each and every day. Still, this doesn’t need to be such a stressful thing. Here are some simple truths about keeping your teeth, gums and general mouth healthy without too much effort or hassle.

Work on any damage today.

Whether you’re 4 or 40, you’ve most likely already worn away at the protective coating of your teeth. Sealants are a great way to shut down any potential issues before they cause some serious damage or pain to your teeth and gums. So few people understand the importance of sealing up any problems before they can manifest into anything more detrimental to their health, but that’s the first and most important piece of advice I can think to offer.

Any plaque build-up, gum pain, or other mouth-related problems should be checked out too. Of course, you might not even know if something which seems like a problem is a serious or trivial issue, so dental experts such as those at PMD Dental Care could help you.

Diet, diet, diet.

Eat your greens, and cut out the chocolate. What heartbreaking advice. Of course, that’s not entirely true. A good diet is crucial to the health of your entire body, which is a fact that has no exception when it comes to maintaining a good standard of oral health.

It’s easy to think of a good diet as something which only affects your stomach. You’re allowed occasional treats, of course. If you eat healthily in other ways, and exercise well, then your physique won’t be affected by sweet and sugary foods. Of course, exercise might shed some of the weight brought on by sugar, but that won’t stop the damage it does to your mouth. Cut down on acidic foods and drink. You’ll notice the difference to your teeth.

Brushing and flossing your teeth.

This is the advice we dreaded as kids. Yes, brushing and flossing your teeth can seem dull or monotonous, but it’s the easiest way to brush your teeth. 30 seconds in the morning and evening, or maybe even a quick brush in the middle of the day if you’re at home, can work wonders to not only keep your teeth looking whiter, fresher and free of plaque, but to avoid gum disease.

Flossing is crucial when it comes to looking after your oral health, because food builds up over time in those hard-to-reach places, ultimately causing the most damage to your gums. As the tar builds up, it can eat away at your teeth and weaken the gum of any targeted areas in your mouth.

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