The Bare Minimum Required
Good oral health is extremely important and can affect your overall health. Pain due to untreated dental disease can lead to problems in eating, sleeping, and speaking. Brush at least twice a day for at least two minutes each time – and floss once a day – make sure to have your teeth checked and cleaned by a dentist twice a year. That’s the best way to ensure that you keep a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. And remember – you should replace your toothbrush every three months to get the most out of brushing.
What your Bad Breath may be telling you...
Did you know that persistent bad breath can be an indication of periodontal disease – also known as gum disease? And gum disease is considered the #1 cause of tooth loss today. Why? It attacks the gums and bone that are the foundation for your teeth. In some cases, the bone will dissolve, leaving your teeth with nothing to anchor them. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar; you can control plaque and tartar with correct hygiene and regular dental check ups.
How Wise are you on Wisdom Teeth
Bet you didn’t know that “wisdom teeth” are called that because they usually appear during a person’s late teens and early twenties, which someone, somewhere, at some time in the past dubbed “the age of wisdom.” (There are probably many parents of teenagers who would disagree with that.) Wisdom teeth are the “third molars” and they can be problems because sometimes a person’s jaw is not large enough to accommodate four wisdom teeth. As a result, they may become impacted, or unable to “erupt” through the gum. If that occurs, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to remove the tooth … eliminating the discomfort but not the wisdom.
Should Your Kids Have Sealants?
A sealant refers to the plastic material dentists paint onto the chewing surfaces of teeth and prevent food from getting trapped and causing tooth decay. They work by covering the most difficult part of the teeth to clean: crevices usually too small for a toothbrush to reach. Sealants are a terrific preventive tool with long-term reaching results and benefit children by protecting their teeth during the cavity-prone years of childhood and on into adulthood.
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