Take Care of Your Teeth

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Possessing a beaming smile full of gleaming white, well-shaped teeth does a lot for your looks. Have you ever noticed how all of the actors and actresses on the silver screen have such perfect teeth? They have been giving their choppers the best of care daily to have them looking so great. They, just as you should be doing, also pay their dentist a visit at least once every six months. You can have your teeth looking just as great by following the routine dental care provided in the procedure below.

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    Why take care of your teeth daily
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    Although you are born with teeth well protected by a layer of hard enamel, food and drinks cause a build-up of plaque on your teeth. There are bacteria in the plaque that contain decay causing acid to your teeth if allowed to grow. If left alone, the plaque will form an ever-growing hole (cavity) through the enamel on your tooth. Once this is formed, regrettably only your dentist can treat the tooth with a filling. This is one reason you must take care of your teeth every day.
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    Steps to take care of your teeth
    1. Brushing your teeth at least twice per day with toothpaste containing fluoride is an effective way to stop those cavities from forming. If your dentist tells you that you are prone to cavities due to a thin coating of enamel, you may be given a thorough fluoride treatment. Floss at least once each day. Gargle and rinse with a mouthwash also.
    2. What is gingivitis? Gum Disease first attacks your teeth and gums right where your gums meet your teeth.  
      1. This is along the gum line, and is called gingivitis.
      2. It is simply caused from plaque build-up on your teeth. If left untreated, there will be a painful and damaging infection.
      3. The infection will attack your gums and will make your gum line bleed.
      4. If untreated, the gingivitis, will also cause your gum line to recede. This can weaken the support of your teeth.
      5. It will make your gums very tender to touch. Your gums may even swell up with a pocket of pus.
      6. There will eventually be bone loss under your teeth due to the gingivitis.
      7. Gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which is even more dangerous. You must let your dentist treat this disease. At this point it is out of your control. Your entire oral cavity, including your teeth, gums, jawbone, and surrounding tissue can be permanently damaged. You can lose teeth once the periodontitis is present.
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    How to keep your gums healthy
    1. If you smoke, stop smoking if you want to get your gums healthy ever again.
    2. You should brush those teeth.
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      use a fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day. Ideally, brush within 15 minutes after each meal. If you have eaten any sugar-containing foods, it is recommended to brush your teeth as soon as possible.
    3. Remember to floss at least once daily.
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      Right before bedtime is a good time to build this habit.
    4. Get into your dentist's office once every six months, or more. The dentist will ensure that your teeth are cleaned after a thorough checkup.
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    How to clean your gums and teeth
    1. First, you should brush your teeth front and back using a medium bristle toothbrush, and brush with a fluoride toothpaste.
    2. Brush gently along the gum line.
    3. Be sure to brush your tongue with a little toothpaste.
    4. Brush the front of your teeth with little circular strokes. Where this is not possible, use side strokes.
    5. Floss between your teeth at least once a day. This will remove plaque in those hard-to-get-to places that your toothbrush may miss.
    6. Rinse with mouthwash immediately after flossing. If your gums bleed during flossing, pay your dentist a visit for possible further treatment. You may have gingivitis.
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    How to floss your teeth
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    1. You will need at least six inches of dental floss for each flossing.
    2. Wrap the floss ends around the first (index) finger from each hand.
    3. Flossing between teeth requires a back-and-forth stroke a few times at each location.
    4. Follow this procedure between each and every tooth. Flossing daily will help save your teeth and gums.
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    Physical tooth problems
    1. If you have teeth that are not straight for any reason, consult your dentist. He may prescribe and fit braces for six months. There are near-invisible brands of goggles if you are self-conscious regarding your tooth care. Your dentist will also recommend and fit you for a veneer or denture if needed. Consult your dentist if you need your teeth whitened. Some whitening treatments can be bought over the counter, but it is always best to talk with your dentist prior to purchasing any type of tooth whitener
    2. Proper care of your teeth is essential if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime. They will also help you keep that good-looking smile!
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  • Discard your medium-bristle toothbrush if it is frayed or beyond six months old.
  • Visit your dentist at least once every six months. Begin your child's visits to a pediatric dentist at the age of 1 1/2 years of age.

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