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Dental Care: Brushing Up on the Basics

Updated on August 27, 2013

Remember that one time when most people would look ahead to losing their teeth as they got older? Well, this is no longer the case. If equipped with even just the basic knowledge of dental care, anyone should be able to prevent tooth decay and keep his teeth for the rest of his life.

Taking care of your pearly whites is crucial if you plan on keeping them healthy. While there’s plenty of ways go about it, there are two basic things that, when done on a regular basis, might just bring in the best results.

Brushing & Flossing

Ranking among the most important dental care practices is the daily brushing and flossing of the teeth. Though dentists usually recommend that one brushes his teeth twice a day and flosses at least once a day, doing both more frequently wouldn’t hurt. Why do it, though? Simple. The more you practice it, the more you prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and cavities. You also prevent getting periodontal disease, which often leads to damaging gum tissues and the bones that support the teeth. And if the big picture still isn’t clear: you’re basically saving the amount of money you would’ve spent on fillings and other expensive procedures. Who wouldn’t want that, right?

Seeing a Dentist

We all have been told to go see our dentist on a regular basis without really getting clear on the definition of “regular.” It probably varies, but the most recommended period is every six months. Why? Because it allows dentists to check for any problems right upfront and keep them from getting worse. Between a cavity that’s been growing for just a couple of months and another, for years, it’s the former that’s unquestionably a whole lot easier to fix. What’s more, frequent meet-ups with your dentist will not only mean getting your teeth cleaned but also getting fluoride treatments you wouldn’t be able to pull off all by yourself. A single dental exam will help detect poor hygiene and nutrition, as well as more serious oral problems like improper jaw alignment.

What about the kids?

Oftentimes, people are unsure when it comes to getting their children to see a dentist. Some just assume that it’s at a much later age than it actually is. Thing is, a child’s doctor can tell the likelihood of dental problems as early as six months. If big risks start showing up, they often suggest that you immediately take your child to a dentist. If not, it is commonly advised that your little bundle of joy have his first trip to a dental clinic at about one year of age.

Apart from brushing and flossing and regularly seeing your dentist, there really isn’t a lot that you have to do to maintain good oral health. Just make sure that you have the right toothpaste, you’re not brushing your teeth too hard, and you’re making enough time to hit the clinic. Do all these basic steps, and you will spare yourself the trouble, expenses, and discomfort of tooth decay.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and useful indeed with the basic dental care.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      So true. Teeth are so important. Every now and then I like to give the kids a 'refresher' for how to brush & floss properly so bad habits don't get set.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      This is great advice. And many more people do keep their teeth to old age, haha.

      One more thing I do personally is something called "oil pulling" - many writers here on HP have written about it, but yes, I love the effects it has.


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      Janis 4 years ago from California

      My kids go every 6 months for check ups.

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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      @Tolovaj: agreed! Dental health is one of those things that you just can't ignore -- it's far too important! Thanks for reading, pal :)

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      Tolovaj 4 years ago

      Thanks for all these reminders. Hygiene is half of health! I highly recommend interdental brushes too.

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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks heaps, Eddy and teaches12345!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I make regular dental visits because it is so important to your health in general. Great topic and you covered it well here.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and very useful.

      Thanks for sharing and voted up.


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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      We all could use a wee reminder once in a while ;-) Thanks for reading, gals! Really appreciate it.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for this presentation on dental care. Good point on what regular means to different people.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great info everyone needs to read!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      Nothing like a dental hygiene primer to help me to brush up on the basics! Thanks! Voted up, useful and interesting! :)

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      Rae Saylor 4 years ago from Australia

      Yes, we do! Thanks, Francesca :)

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      Francesca27 4 years ago from Hub Page

      We all need reminders about our dental health, thanks for writing your hub..