Dental Health Basics

What to look for in a toothbrush

When picking a toothbrush, consider the following elements: ADA Seal of Acceptance Look for vendors who meet the American Dental Association’s standards for composition, effectiveness, packaging, and safety and have paid for the ADA seal Bristles – Choose bristles that are soft or medium-soft – Pick angled bristles for easier …

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How to prevent cavities

How can you prevent cavities? Start by practicing good dental hygiene. Brush after every meal and, if you are snacking all day, after every snack, too. At least once a day—ideally at bedtime—floss all the teeth you want to keep. Eat a healthy diet, rich in Calcium (for strong teeth …

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Smoking and Dental Care

Besides being at high risk for lung disease, smokers are at greater risk for Bad breath Cavities Gingivitis Oral cancers Periodontal disease Tooth loss Although the body tries to repair itself, smokers have a poor track record when it comes to reversing gum disease. To slow or prevent these dental …

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Oral Rinses

Mouthwashes or oral rinses may Cut down on gingivitis and gum disease Eliminate or mask bad breath Reduce the amount and speed of plaque formation Slow or prevent tooth decay Look for a mouth rinse that bears the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance so you know that the product …

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Oral Health and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you need to establish good dental hygiene routines as soon as possible. Eat nutritious foods that will ultimately help your baby build strong teeth Avoid sugary, sticky, and starchy foods that form an acid that destroys tooth enamel If you are snacking frequently rinse your mouth …

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