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Things Your Dentist Wants You to Know

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The beauty of living in a technologically enhanced era is the availability of information and the access we have to it. Want to learn to speak a new language? Want to try a new recipe? Want to learn how to change the oil in your car? All of these things and so much more are literally a click away from learning. The internet has been able to connect us with important information so we can make our lives better.

However, information is only as good as what we do with it. Someone can tell you what to do or guide you in the right direction toward something, but if you don’t take the necessary steps to apply it to your life, it won’t be of any benefit. When it comes to your teeth and oral health, the internet is a great resource but your dentist is the best person to ask questions to.

Here are some things that your dentist wants you to know about your oral health:

“Kick the habit. Need another person in your life to explain why you need to quit smoking? Talk to your dentist. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes are not only turning your teeth an unsightly shade of yellow, but they’re eating away at your gums. Smoking creates a ripe environment for bacteria and plaque on your teeth and along the gum lines. And that harms tissue and eventually increases your risk of tooth loss. Tobacco chemicals can also cause mouth sores that could turn into cancer.

Brush right. Is your brushing technique below par? Maybe you don’t brush often enough — or worse, at all? It takes only about two minutes to properly clean your teeth and gums. Angle the brush 45 degrees toward your gum line, and use gentle, circular strokes. Make sure the bristles on the brush aren’t bending; if they are, you’re brushing too hard and wearing down your teeth and gums. Plaque is soft, Vankevich explains, and will brush away easily with light strokes.”

Practicing the best in good oral and overall health practices is the best way to have a healthy 2016 and beyond. Make sure to visit your Aylmer dentist regularly to keep your teeth properly maintained.

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