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Dental Health

 

Taking care of our teeth has been a daily routine since we were little. Our parents taught us lots of different ways to keep our teeth, gums and mouths healthy. Brushing, flossing and rinsing are among the top things to do every day, however there’s more to caring for our mouths than that. First of all, dentists recommend visiting them once every six months. Routine check-ups can prevent cavities, tooth decay, worn enamel and other problems. They can also help a dentist diagnose a condition, disease or disorder while it’s in its early stages.

There are many things that we do everyday that deteriorates our dental health. Eating, drinking, smoking and not brushing, flossing or rinsing can wear down our enamel and weaken our teeth. Weak teeth are susceptible to chipping, breaking, anddecaying. If a tooth is broken or chipped, it’s the perfect opportunity for bacteria to build and infection to spread. Preventing this from happening is critical to ones dental health care.

Things That Worsen Dental Health

Here are some examples of things that worsen your dental health:

  • Not having routine check-ups
  • Smoking
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea
  • Drinking soda or other sugary, carbonated beverages
  • Drug abuse
  • Diet, including acidic foods
  • Age
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Eating disorders
  • Grinding teeth in sleep
  • Medical condition

The number one reason people have dental problems is because they do not go to the dentist regularly. Dentists recommend you see them twice a year, or every six months. This is a critical preventive step to keeping up with your dental health. General dentistry consists of preventing, diagnosing and treating problems within the mouth. Certain things deteriorate your teeth’s condition and there’s nothing you can do about it, such as age. As we grow older, so do all of our organs, bones, and muscles. Our teeth and gums are no different. But if you take good care of your teeth while you’re younger, it will minimize the problems that can occur as you age. Medical conditions such as diabetes can also put your teeth’s health in jeopardy. Uncontrolled diabetes can boost your risk for things like gum disease.

Things that improve your dental health are discussed further throughout this section. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular topic, please scroll down and click on a title:

Brushing Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is a critical part of maintaining proper oral health. Learn about the differences in toothbrushes, toothpastes and tooth brushing techniques in this informative article.

Dental Floss

Like brushing your teeth, flossing is an essential part of maintaining proper oral health. Learn the history of floss, as well as modern day uses, styles and techniques. There is a right way and a wrong way to floss, learn more about it here.

Dental Health Care for Adults

As adults we are accustomed to practicing, or at least knowing proper oral hygiene methods. This article provides tips to dental care for adults, as well as interesting statistics.

Dental Health Care for Kids

Kid’s teeth are just as important as adult and senior teeth. Generally, it takes until about twelve years of age before all permanent teeth are in a child’s mouth. Until then, it’s critical that kids are taught and follow proper oral hygiene.

Dental Health Care for Seniors

Unfortunately as we age, our mouths are more susceptible to oral problems. Seniors need to take special care of their teeth, gums and surrounding tissues to ensure they have solid teeth that function properly throughout their life.

Page updated September 2012

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