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Saturday, 28 March 2009

Healthy Teeth

Simple tips for healthy teeth as recommended by American Dental Association are given below.
1.Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. This takes just a few minutes a day. Use a correct toothbrush, and brush and floss
2.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.
3.See your dentist regularly for a dental examination and professional cleaning - a key to helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
4.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
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.Don't ignore gums that bleed when you brush or floss or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
9.Wear a mouth guard when playing active sports.

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