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Teeth And Gum Disease Advice

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Brush carefully –  Ever hear the phase “less is more”. When it comes to brushing our teeth, a lot of us are guilty of just the opposite. That is why we might spend a lot of time using a very hard toothbrush to scrub and scrub in order to better insure clean teeth.

That is probably on of the worst things we can do to our mouths. Remember, teeth are made of enamel. If you constantly scrub your enamel pots with a hard brush, you will eventually scrub away the enamel. The same thing can happen with your teeth. Combine a hard toothbrush with a heavy hand and you leave your teeth susceptible to tooth sensitivity and cavities.

It is better to use a soft toothbrush tilted at a 45 degree angle, so that the bristles can reach teeth and gums at the same time. Use small, gentle circular motions as if you were massaging rather than scrubbing your teeth. Brush at least once a day or, even better, twice a day. And don’t forget to floss, it is important to get the food that lodges in the mouth out of there before bacteria can latch on to it and their damage.

Diet tips–  As every schoolchild knows, sugar in the mouth encourages cavity causing bacteria flourish, therefore, cutting back on sugar really will help reduce cavities. In addition, high carbohydrate foods that rapidly convert into sugar, such as potato chips and cheese puffs, are major no nos because can stick to your teeth. If you eat foods such as dried fruit, which can get tiny crevices within the teeth, be sure to brush and rinse thoroughly when you are through.

Avoid sucking candies or chewing gum, because longer the sweet remains in your mouth, the more damage it can cause. Don’t sip sugary cola drink or sweetened beverages, in fact, cut down on total sugar amounts in the diet.

Since calcium is vital to strong bone and teeth and alcohol impairs calcium absorption, limit alcohol intake.

Remember, see you dentist at least once a year. This is one case where an ounce of prevention can mean healthy teeth, and it can also literally mean keeping your teeth.

Good luck with your teeth.

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