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Should You Change Your Toothbrush

If your toothbrush is more than 3 months old or the bristles are frayed at the ends, it may be time to change your toothbrush. People forget over time that your toothbrush also gets bacteria over time. Not changing your toothbrush can lead to gum disease, loose of teeth, and more.

Is Bad Breath Apart Of Oral Hygiene

Most bad breath is related to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t clean your teeth and mouth regularly, food particles cause plaque to form on your teeth. The uneven surfaces in the mouth can trap food particles and bacteria, which produce bad breath odor. Poor oral hygiene also causes other oral health conditions such as cavities and gum disease, and these also cause bad breath.

 

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Reasons Why Electric Toothbrushes Are Better

  1. Modern electric toothbrushes are superior to ordinary toothbrushes in removing dental plaque and can do so in a shorter time.
  2. They are also effective at removing dental plaque in the embrasure areas where the teeth meet each other and are more successful than ordinary toothbrushes in this respect. The newer electric toothbrushes achieve this by the bristle tufts rotating back and forth at high frequency.
  3. Children over six years can be taught how to use an electric toothbrush safely.

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How To Treat Bad Breath

Treatment for bad breath (halitosis) depends on its cause. Usually, the most effective treatment is improving dental hygiene. As part of your daily routine, you should:

  • Floss between teeth to clean your teeth and remove trapped food that could cause tooth decay – brushing only cleans about 60% of the tooth.
  • Brush teeth and gums with a small or medium-sized toothbrush with multi-tufted synthetic bristles. Replace your brush every three to four months. Brush at least twice a day, for two minutes.
  • Clean your tongue
  • Consider an electric toothbrush, which can make cleaning easier and more effective.

Your dentist may recommend an antibacterial or anti-odor mouthwash be included as part of your daily routine.

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Could You Be Allergic To Toothpaste

You Could Be Allergic To Toothpaste, If you experience peeling skin on the inside of your cheeks – you can feel for this with your tongue or clean fingers – you could be allergic to the ingredients in your toothpaste. This is a surprisingly common ailment, but few people know about it. While it does not usually involve a lot of pain or discomfort (there may be a slight amount of tenderness), it is still important to switch to an alternative if you believe that you are particularly sensitive.

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Fruit Juices are a Bad Choice

The complex world of dental health occasionally throws up some challenges, particularly for those who enjoy sticking to healthy diet and lifestyle. For example, we know that eating lots of fruit is good for the body. They provide lots of different vitamins and minerals and help the immune system to stay as sturdy as possible. On the other hand, they can wreak havoc with tooth enamel.

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Oral Cancer Test

The test, developed by the Oral Health Foundation, asks five simple questions about lifestyles and offers a number based on those answers, the higher the number, the higher the risk of developing mouth cancer.

What is your risk of mouth cancer?Scorecard: A = 10 points | B = 7 points | C = 3 points | D = 1 points
 1.       What is your smoking status?
 a. Heavy smoker  b. Moderate  c. Ex-smoker  d. Never smoked
 2.       How much alcohol do you drink in a week?
 a. 14+ units  b. 6-13 units  c. 1-5 units  d. Do not drink
 3.       How often do you have oral sex?
 a. Daily  b. Weekly  c. Monthly  d. Annually or less
 4.       How many portions of fish, fruit and vegetable do you have a day?
 a. 0  b. 1-4  c. 5-9  d. 10+
 5.       Do you use smokeless tobacco or chewing tobacco (paan, gutkha, betel nut)?
 a. Yes, often  b. Yes, occasionally  c. Ex-user  d. Never user
Your mouth cancer risk is….
0 – 5 Low You seem to live a healthy lifestyle and are at low risk of developing mouth cancer. Risk is not totally diminished though so it is advised that you maintain regular visits to the dentist, as often as they recommend.
6 – 20 Moderate  Your risk of mouth cancer is relatively low but you could improve elements of your lifestyle to reduce your risk further. Try to reduce some habits, visit the dentist regularly and be alert to any unusual changes in the mouth.
21 – 30 Considerable You could be at risk of mouth cancer due to frequently exposing yourself to a number of lifestyle choices associated with the disease. Cut down on these and try to improve your diet. Visit the dentist regularly and be more active in performing self-checks at home.
31 – 50 High You could be at extreme risk of developing mouth cancer. It is important that you try to improve your health by adopting a healthier lifestyle. You might need more regular dental appointments due to your current choices and it is highly advised you begin a routine of self-examining your mouth at home for anything out of the ordinary.

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The Debate On Fluoride

Once again, fluoride is just one of those things that people take for granted. We know that it is in our toothpaste and in our water and we know that it makes teeth shiny. But, did you know that fluoride has been at the center of a fierce debate for many decades now? Thus far, no clear and definitive evidence has been produced to quash the debate, so we are forced to resort to conjecture and common sense.

 

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Tips On Taking Out Your Clear Braces?

To avoid confusion, each aligner is marked with the following: your individual case number, a ‘U’ for upper or an ‘L’ for lower, and your stage number. You may insert either aligner first.

To do so, gently push the aligner over your front teeth; then, applying equal pressure, use a fingertip to push the tops of your left and right molars (back teeth) until the aligner clicks into place. DO NOT bite your aligners into position, this could damage them.

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Can Going To The Dentist Save Your Life?

Millions of Americans have decaying teeth, frequent toothaches and chronic dental pain. The result can be lost work productivity, missed school days and outright suffering. Many of those people — adults and children — lack access to the dental care that could help them.

 

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