- Oral Health
Vital Dental Care for Long Lasting Teeth
When you are a young child the dentist gives you specific instructions on caring for your teeth. He or she says it is vital that you follow this advise if you want a healthy set of teeth as a grown up. If not, you will have a mouth full of tooth decay, etc. I’m sure everyone has perfect recall when it comes to the pictures that your dentist pulled out to show you examples of a rotten mouth. How about the pictures you saw in Health class? Well, I am a living witness to the fact that you will not only have many painful days, but you will also cost yourself thousands of dollars trying to repair the previously avoidable damage.
Within the past year, I have had a gum treatment (anti-biotics), 11 fillings, 4 tooth extractions, and a deep cleaning. I still have a few crowns (totaling approx. $2,500) and 5 fillings left.
Things You Can Do to Improve Oral Health
Here are a few things you can do to help you keep an impressive set of teeth in your mouth.
1) Limit your sugar intake. Some of the biggest enemies to your teeth are soda drinks (ie. Mountain Dew, etc.) .Drinking multiple drinks will destroy your teeth. Other guilty culprits are sugar laden drinks such as Kool-Aid. Candy is another Public Enemy #1. I remember back in middle school when Now and Later’s cost only 10 cents per pack. I used to buy two dollars worth for a week or two. There was a corner store down the street from the church that I attended. They sold penny candy. Talk about living like a king at the time! Unfortunately, this was the beginning of my downfall.
2) Brush multiple times daily. It is especially important to brush before you go to bed. Failure to do so will allow the food and germs to fester overnight in your mouth (warm closed area). This will speed up the tooth decay process. Also, brush after lunch if you are able to. Make it a part of your culture. Make it a family event. Keep it fun for the kids. Starting them off with good habits will make it easier to continue later on in life.
3) Use mouth wash after brushing. There are many types (antiseptic, ones containing fluoride, etc.). I prefer the Crest Pro-Health. It is alcohol free and gives a smooth taste while fighting plaque and gingivitis.
4) Floss daily.This ranks high on my list of most annoying things to do. Years ago, my dentist said if I don’t start flossing I will get cavities and start losing teeth. I guess he was right. Floss comes on your traditional spool (usually 100 yards). If you are like me and have an awkward time sticking your fingers in your mouth while holding the little waxed string, try the little Dental Flossers. These ares little plastic arms with a small piece of floss attached to it.
5) Go for bi-annual cleanings. The Dental Hygienist will be able to get rid of some of the plaque buildup as well advise you on any future care that needs to take place. This is just as important as the other steps.
Doing these tips will help you to have healthier, longer lasting teeth while boosting your self image. You will want to smile and show off your pearly whites like this woman. And finally, if for no other reasons, take care of your teeth so you will save yourself from an abundance of pain (physical and financial).
Proper Way to Floss Teeth
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