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Ideally, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to bed. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. If you have the money to spare, consider investing in an electric toothbrush which can clean teeth more efficiently. If it is not possible to brush your teeth, you can simply rinse your mouth.
You should floss your teeth at least once a day. It does not matter if you floss before or after brushing your teeth; the important thing is that you floss to remove food debris stuck between the teeth. Brushing alone cannot remove food debris which leave you vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay.
The rule of thumb to follow is to schedule visits every six months for checkups and professional cleaning. However, your dentist can recommend more frequent visits if you are dealing with a dental problem.
During your visit to your dentist, he or she may review your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening, evaluate the condition of your gums, examine your tooth decay and restorations, remove plaque and tartar, and make recommendations about your diet.
Although everyone gets bad breath from time to time, it is essential to solve this problem as soon as possible to prevent potentially embarrassing situations.
More often than not, bad breath is caused by microbial deposits on the tongue. However, there are other causes of bad breath that should be looked into. These include poor oral hygiene, some types of food, gum disease, dental cavities, ill-fitting dental appliances, consumption of tobacco products, dehydration, dieting, hunger, and some types of medications.
You can prevent bad breath by practicing good oral hygiene, drinking more water, stopping your consumption of tobacco products, and visiting the dentist regularly.
The general consensus among health organizations and authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the American Dental Association, is that amalgam or silver fillings are safe despite the misgivings some people may have about the mercury found in these fillings.
According to leading experts, the presence of other substances mixed with mercury makes the chemical inactive and safe. In fact, no link has been established between amalgam fillings and medical disorders.
However, if you want to have peace of mind with your dental fillings, there are a few other options that you can ask your Phoenix dentist about.
Because gum disease is painless, most people do not know they are suffering from it until they visit their dentist. Rarely do gingivitis and gum disease cause discomfort.
But despite the lack of pain and discomfort, there are a few signs that you can look for. These include gum bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and gum recession.
If you are currently looking for a dentist in Glendale, AZ, Dr. John Oatis and our staff would love to hear from you. Contact us today.
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