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Strong Teeth Requires Healthy Habits

05/09/12

  05:42:18 pm, by MedBen5   , 398 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Strong Teeth Requires Healthy Habits

Taking care of your teeth is one of the best investments you can make for better health… and you get a dazzling smile to boot. In WebMD the Magazine, David Leader, DMD offers eight ways to keep your mouth in great shape. We summarize his suggestions below.

  1. Pay a visit. Spend some quality time with your dentist (twice a year, the American Dental Association advises), and you’ll catch problems such as decay, gum disease, trauma, or cancer at an early stage.
  2. Count the years. Children should see a dentist by the time they’re 1, and until they are coordinated enough to tie their own shoes they’ll need help cleaning their teeth. And older folks have special oral issues that require mouth maintenance.
  3. Can the soda. Phosphoric acid and citric acid give soda its “bite” but also eat away at the surface of your teeth. Although the occasional soda won’t hurt, a can or more a day makes your tooth enamel softer and more susceptible to cavities.
  4. Don’t sugarcoat it. To avoid being among the 20% of people in the United States who face tooth decay every time they look in the mirror, try to cut down on sugary treats, and aim to brush and floss after every meal or snack.
  5. Pack it in. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes not only turn your teeth an unsightly shade of yellow, they eat away at your gums, increasing your risk of tooth loss. Even worse, tobacco chemicals can lead to oral cancer.
  6. Use the right toothbrush. You want a brush with soft bristles. With the right technique, it should last two to three months.
  7. Practice proper technique. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, pointed toward the gum line, and use gentle, short, circular motions. Brush each tooth 10 to 15 times, but don’t overdo it.
  8. Finesse flossing. Wrap about a foot of floss around your index fingers, keeping about two inches between your fingers to work with. Unroll a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and keep the floss tight against the tooth to break up plaque while leaving your gums in good shape.

One more tip: If you have a good dental plan, use it to your advantage. And if you don’t… well, we just happen to know where your group can get one. For information about MedBen Dental, call Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Fargus at 888-627-8683.

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