Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tips for Healthy Teeth

To keep our teeth healthy is necessary through out our life. Follow the simple tips for healthy teeth.

1. Clean your teeth after eating by toothbrush and dental floss. Use a correct toothbrush, and brush and floss correctly.

2. Visit the dentist regularly. Periodontal disease of gums is common in adults and in older people. The dentist can remove plaque from teeth, reducing the number of bacteria - a key to helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

3. If you experience the following, then you have chances of a periodontal disease:

Gums bleeding during brushing
Red and/or swollen gums
Gums that have pulled away from the teeth, Pus between the teeth and gums
Bad breath
Loose teeth

4. Don't ignore gums that bleed when you brush or floss or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

5. Ask your dentist about cosmetic options for improving the appearance of teeth that are stained or chipped

6. Don't use tobacco products; they can increase your risk of gum disease and cancer of the mouth and throat.

7. Don't chew on hard objects that could crack a tooth.

8. Wear a mouth guard when playing active sports.

9. Eat a balanced diet for good overall health, selecting a variety of foods from the five main food groups (bread, cereals, and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry, fish and alternatives; milk, cheese, and yogurt), and limit snacks.

10. Eating sweetened cereals dry is bad for teeth, always add milk.

11. Drinking frequent cups of tea or coffee with sugar added will increase the risk of teeth decay.

12. When less saliva is available on very hot days, one should not consume foods containing sugars that stick in the teeth.

13. Chewable vitamin C tablets with or without sugar are acidic and are a hazard for not only children’s teeth but also to adult's teeth. Do not use lemon juice for whitening because vitamin C will cause the teeth to lose calcium damaging teeth quicker than anything else.

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