Of all of the addictive substances that humans try to avoid, sugar is the sneakiest. Sugar can be found in everything from candy to lemonade to freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, sugar is one of the worst things that you can put in your mouth. Not only does it affect your health but it also ruins your teeth. Sugar is the food that allows the bacteria in your mouth to thrive and reproduce. While that sugar is being processed by the bacteria, it is also wearing away at the enamel on your teeth.
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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular of all cosmetic dental procedures. With all of the over-the-counter whiteners to choose from, many people are now whitening their smiles at home, as well. Bright white teeth help to make a person look young and healthy, and the whitening process is generally painless and inexpensive. Before you head to the store to brighten your smile, it is an excellent idea to understand the tooth whitening process.
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With the rising cost of dental services and a depressed economy, many people are skipping those twice-yearly visits to the dentist. Investing in high quality dental insurance is a smart way to incorporate dental health into your family's health insurance plan. Great dental insurance coverage even comes at prices that are much lower than most people imagine and procuring dental insurance should be one of those items on your to-do list this year.
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A bright shining smile is one of the first things we notice about another person. Those gleaming white teeth are the highlight of a smile. Of course, everyone knows that proper dental hygiene is the first step to a beautiful smile. Many people do not know that dental hygiene also plays a pivotal role in the function of almost every other system in the human body. Dental hygiene refers to the overall health and care of the mouth including the teeth, tongue and the gums. Maintaining good dental hygiene is a crucial step in maintaining complete body health.
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Most people do not even think about brushing their teeth. You wake up each morning and reach for that toothbrush. Unfortunately, brushing alone is not going to keep your teeth strong and healthy. It takes a combination of three distinct steps to get that bright and healthy smile. The first step begins with the toothbrush, but it is what follows that is actually most important.
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Having a mouth full of healthy teeth is generally not a painful experience. Unfortunately, many people suffer from pain associated with sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity is very common and is often attributed to improper tooth care or diet. Sensitive teeth are painful when exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. The pain can be so extreme that sufferers of this condition will avoid eating or drinking anything that is even remotely hot or cold. The good news is that there are treatments for sensitive teeth. When that sharp pain begins, it is important to visit a dentist immediately.
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We have all seen the commercials about gum disease and gingivitis. We have been lectured by our dentists and have purchased the newest toothbrushes and pastes. Although everyone has heard of gum disease, most people are not aware of its signs and symptoms. Identifying whether you are at risk for gum disease or identifying whether or not you already have gum disease can help you to form a proper tooth care plan. Remember that a visit to the dentist is the most common and conclusive way to be positive of your gum disease diagnosis.
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Many people have grown up with those cheery little songs on television detailing how often you should brush your teeth. "Three times a day" is the standard refrain for tooth brushing commercials and ditties. Children are taught to brush their teeth after every meal in order to maintain proper dental hygiene. Is brushing your teeth after every single meal the best way to stay healthy and avoid cavities? Dentists have new ideas regarding when and why we should brush our teeth at least twice each day.
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Most people do not give their toothbrush a whole lot of thought. Those 2 minutes in the morning that are spent with a toothbrush are immediately forgotten during a hectic day. Brushing again when you are tired in the evening means that you probably will not give your toothbrush a second thought. No one really imagines that it might be particularly important to choose the right toothbrush for your daily routine. Today's market includes toothbrushes with power options and replaceable heads in the same aisle with those old-fashioned manual brushes. Is there really a difference between the electric and manual toothbrushes other than the battery? The American Dental Association believes that there is a large difference, especially for children.
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There are many foods and beverages that a person consumes that affect the teeth. Although sugar is generally thought to be the main cause of cavities and tooth decay, it is actually acid that damages teeth most often. The effects of acid on teeth can be quite severe. Much of the tooth replacement work that is accomplished in a dentist's office is due to tooth exposure to acid. Where the acid comes from and how it gets into your teeth will probably surprise you.
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