How to avoid the dentist for life.

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OUR ADVICE

Well maintained teeth and generally high levels of oral hygiene can undoubtedly go a long way as far as ensuring proper oral health is concerned, which in turn can keep dentists at bay…advice from dentists themselves!

In that regard, let us look at some of the specifics surrounding oral health and hygiene, and overall dental care, which are always recommended by dentists themselves:

DO’S

  • Brush regularly, at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed.
  • Use a fluoride based toothpaste which can ensure the best health and well being for your teeth.
  • Only use toothbrushes which are recommended by your dentist. If in doubt ask.
  • Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months, may be even sooner if you think the toothbrush has worn out.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day; that keeps them clean and free from particles which can cause germ buildup or use a water irrigator (water flosser).
  • Mouthwash is not only good for fresh breath it is in fact good for the teeth as well! Make sure that you use a fluoride based one which will be most useful for the well being of your teeth.

DON’TS

  • Avoid smoking; while this may have been told by umpteen individuals around you, don’t be surprised to hear this from your dentist as well! After all, smoking is one of the major causes of tooth problems in the first place. Further, in the case of specialized treatment of teeth, say placement of implants, continued smoking can wreak havoc.
  • Limit your coffee and tea intake; they are clearly known to cause stains on your teeth.
  • Avoid intake of too many sticky sweets, especially in isolation. They can stick to your teeth and cause numerous infections and/or diseases.
  • Go easy with using your teeth to open up say canned or bottled items; this can lead to chipping or permanent damage to your teeth, which can only be treated with specialized dental care.
  • Dentures – in case you happen to use them, should be handled with the same kind of caution and hygiene with which you would typically handle your natural teeth.
Overall, this list of do’s and don’ts is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive but definitely offers you a good pointer with regard to the direction that you are to take in order to avoid dental problems.

Remember that this comes from dentists themselves who know teeth (and oral hygiene) best!

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