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Around 9-15% of Americans are terrified of the dentist. It may sound like a small percentage, but that’s 30-40 million people. A lot of the time, these individuals will avoid visiting their local dental surgery for years than face their fear. Unfortunately, this means that by the time they do visit the dentist, they have developed long standing dental problems and are often experiencing severe pain. An ordinary dental check up becomes a full dental procedure, and the patient has a relatively negative dental experience. The fear is perpetuated. There are some dental issues that are out of your hands. For example, problem wisdom teeth, accidental breakage and underbites. However, when it comes to tooth decay and the general health of your mouth, tongue and gums, prevention is better than cure. Let us offer you some sound advice that will keep your mouth clean and healthy. Hopefully fillings, root canals and crowns won’t be mentioned during your next trip to the dentist.
Let’s start with the basics. You must clean your teeth twice a day. Each brushing should last two minutes minimum. Choose a good toothbrush. Manual brushes can be just as effective as electric toothbrushes, as long as you reach all surface areas of your teeth. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and remember to reach your back teeth. Sites such as http://ibreathbad.com can help you choose the right dental products for you. Read reviews before you invest in any pricey dental products.
Remember that flossing is important too. Dental floss removes the dirt and plaque that gets trapped between your teeth while eating. Chances are you won’t be able to reach this area of the tooth surface with a toothbrush alone. Removing this will prevent gingivitis (inflamed gums). Look for shred resistant floss and be gentle. Flossing too hard can make your gums sore, which is something you would rather avoid. You will get used to the best flossing technique for you over time. Try sliding a piece of floss between two teeth, wrap it around the chosen tooth in the shape of a “C” and pull the floss up and down. A little blood is normal. Plaque may have built up and irritated the gums. Flossing will clean this away, and your gums will be healthy in a couple of days. If bleeding persists, you may have gum disease, so visit the dentist for a checkup.
A final option is a drop of mouthwash. Once you have cleaned and flossed your teeth, mouthwash can give you long lasting fresh breath. A good mouthwash will kill off any bacteria that has been missed in the first two steps of your dental routine. It will also apply fluoride to your teeth. This strengthens your tooth enamel and prevents future decay. Stagnant bacteria missed by brushing and flossing (often on the tongue) releases sulphurous chemicals and creates bad breath. Mouthwash is great for cleaning these hard to reach and often missed areas.
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