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By rgberger50
December 19, 2011
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A stunning smile and clean, fresh breath never go out of style. It’s not often that nature gives us a second chance, but when it comes to teeth it does just that. As the old sayings go: God gives you two sets of teeth, but you have to buy the third; Teeth are like friends, ignore them and their needs and they’ll go away, be kind to them and they’ll stick with you forever.

As we age, our smiles show signs of aging just like the rest of our body. But barring injury, there’s simply no reason why most of us should lose teeth as we age. Once we know our teeth are healthy and our gums are sound, we can add a little cosmetic magic to take a smile to a higher level. You can use bonding to close gaps, or invisible veneers for front teeth, or even use bleaching for a truly dazzling smile. Looking inside the mouth provides a unique opportunity to detect other potential health problems, such as liver, kidney, diabetes, and lung diseases. That’s why regular hygiene appointments are so important.

The mouth is a busy place with millions of bacteria constantly on the move. While some bacteria are harmless, others can attack the teeth and gums. Harmful bacteria are contained in a colorless sticky film called plaque, the cause of gum disease. If plaque is not removed, it will build up on teeth and ultimately leads to gingivitis, causing the gums to become swollen, red, and bleed easily. Untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. If untreated, the bones, gums and connective tissue that support the teeth can be destroyed. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. If you want to keep your teeth, you must take care of your gums.

Your teeth are great for chewing, but you also need them to talk. While healthy-looking teeth and gums are essential to having a beautiful smile, people often don't spend the time to take proper care of them. Most people see brushing as a chore and don't brush for the recommended two minutes.

Follow these tips to keep your teeth and mouth clean:

  • Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to help protect your teeth from decay.
  • Brush your teeth after eating or at least two times a day. It’s especially important to brush before bedtime.
  • Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily.
  • Brush your teeth in little circles. Go around and around until you have covered every surface of every tooth. Brush up and down, rather than side to side.
  • Clean between your teeth with dental floss at least once a day to remove food and plaque.
  • Brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh! Don't forget to clean all the way in the back.
  • Clean your upper and lower mouth pockets between the teeth and the lips. - Brush all surfaces of the teeth, tongue-side and cheek-side. Pay special attention to the front teeth and all surfaces of the back teeth.
  • A battery-powered toothbrush, such as a Rota-Dent, cleans up to 49 per cent better than an ordinary manual toothbrush. Your tooth brush should be changed every three months.

By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile your entire life.

Remember, your teeth are more precious that diamonds!

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