Build A Beautiful Smile For A Lifetime – Tooth Care Habits you Should Understand Early On

We all understand that taking good care of our teeth is important. After all, you only get the one set of them and they need to last for your whole life. If you’re fortunate, you will have learned early on about proper oral care and have gotten proper dental care each year. Nevertheless, it’s not that hard to find out the important stuff and use it to form good habits. You will discover that even a basic healthy approach can help you with your teeth, gums and the rest of your mouth too. It is all about your teeth but there is going to be more to the story than this. Keeping your mouth and gums healthy will give your teeth a real fighting chance.

Millions of people possess teeth that feel sensitive when there are changes in temperatures in your mouth. Foods that are too hot or too cold can really get your attention in a very painful way. This kind of sensitivity is a warning sign that it is time to call the dentist. Once in a while it can be a sign that you have a new cavity or something that is causing nerves in your teeth to swell. Of course, some people simply have really sensitive teeth and, in those cases, it is a good idea to use a toothpaste that has been created specifically for sensitive teeth. It is also a good idea to brush your teeth with a brush that has soft bristles. A dentist can provide some good advice for this condition as well.

We all know that flossing is an integral part of good mouth care. You have no doubt been told by your dentist that you need to floss at least once each day (which is good advice). Here are some of the best practices when you floss your teeth. You obviously want it to be effective, plus you need to ensure you do not damage your gums in the process. When putting the floss between your teeth, be gentle as you move it back and forth. Do not force it to go up under the gum line; let it slide up and down your teeth. Make sure the floss is oriented properly by pulling it around the edge of the tooth. Hot tip for finding a good dentist: Grab your copy of the Yellow Pages and search under “dentist Mission Viejo” or wherever you live and check out the listings and ads.

We want to strongly urge teens and young adults to avoid the over the counter (OTC) teeth whiteners. You never know what you are going to get with an OTC brand, and most of it is too strong for young adults. Even when they are perfectly clean and healthy, it is normal for teeth to have a slightly off-white color. While teeth may appear to be totally white from a short distance, once you look at them close-up you will notice they aren’t "perfectly white". We have modern marketing to thank for planting the idea that teeth should be totally white. It is recommended if you want whiter teeth to visit a dentist for a professional evaluation and to ask about their whitening program.

The truth is that, for the most part, proper oral health is just a matter of education and common sense. Don’t let vanity make you take on procedures that aren’t healthy and could cause more problems than they are worth in the long term.

Dr Edward Moon is an expert Mission Viejo dentist. His dental practice is close to all of Orange County and Orange County.

Edward Moon, DDS
26932 Oso Pkwy
Ste 290
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 348-1212

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