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Dental Care: Brushing Up on the Basics

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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Comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 27, 2014:

Informative and useful indeed with the basic dental care.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 14, 2014:

Well done.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on December 28, 2013:

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.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 18, 2013:

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.

Cheers!

Janis from California on December 16, 2013:

My kids go every 6 months for check ups.

Rae Saylor (author) from Australia on December 12, 2013:

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

Tolovaj on December 11, 2013:

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

Rae Saylor (author) from Australia on December 08, 2013:

Thanks heaps, Eddy and teaches12345!

Dianna Mendez on December 04, 2013:

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

Eiddwen from Wales on December 02, 2013:

Interesting and very useful.

Thanks for sharing and voted up.

Eddy.

Rae Saylor (author) from Australia on December 02, 2013:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 29, 2013:

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

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on November 25, 2013:

Great info everyone needs to read!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 04, 2013:

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

Rae Saylor (author) from Australia on September 08, 2013:

Yes, we do! Thanks, Francesca :)

Francesca27 from Hub Page on August 28, 2013:

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

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