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How to Avoid Dental Emergencies in Layman's Terms

Taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential for a number of reasons : to avoid cavities, to prevent plaque buildup, to make sure your mouth is as healthy as can be, to avoid serious medical issues – the list goes on and on. But on top of all of that, practicing good oral hygiene and taking a few extra precautions will allow you to avoid costly dental emergencies in the future. Take a look at the tips below to find out how you can keep your mouth as healthy and safe as possible.

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5 Daily Habits You Should be Doing for Good Oral Hygiene

Having good oral hygiene is beneficial in many ways. Not only will it ensure your smile stays pretty, it can also prevent bad breath, limit the possibility of experiencing a dental emergency, and even improve your overall health. Yes, believe it or not, poor oral hygiene can lead to health problems in other parts of your body. It makes sense: everything you eat or drink has to pass through your mouth, so it really acts as a gateway to your insides. If that gateway is filthy, how do you think that might affect you?

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6 Warning Signs You Have a Cavity

They happen to the best of us: cavities. Even though you were careful, brushing your teeth and flossing (mostly) every day, you somehow still ended up with a tooth afflicted with a cavity. It’s OK, you’re definitely not alone: by the age of 17, nearly 80 percent of people have had at least one cavity.

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What is the Cause of Plaque Building Up?

If you’ve paid any attention at all to your dentist over the years, then you have most likely heard about plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on your teeth over time and contains millions of bacteria, which may cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed on a regular basis. It’s incredibly important that you make sure your teeth remain plaque-free in order to prevent serious complications and health issues down the line.

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What is The Best Cracked Tooth Treatment?

Cracking a tooth can certainly cause a few moments of panic, especially if this is the first time it has happened to you. The good news is, with a quick trip to your dentist’s office, your tooth can often be repaired and you can be on your way. There are several different approaches to treating cracked teeth, and a few factors may determine what the best treatment in your particular situation may be.

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Can Holiday Treats Ruin My Teeth?

I remember as a youngster really looking forward to this time of year, with one holiday right after another.  Halloween was the kick-off event for treats galore.  This included cakes, cookies, candies, and oh yes, soda pop.  I have to admit I have never met a cookie I didn’t like.  Remember though, that sweet tooth craving isn’t the only thing that will be satisfied by these treats.  Plaque is a sticky matrix of bacteria which builds on our teeth each and every day.  Just like us these bacteria require nutrients to survive.   The acids which cause tooth decay are caused by specific bacteria which live in dental plaque.  Hundreds of species of bacteria build their colonies within plaque, which is very much akin to a well-established coral reef.  These bacteria are smart in that they have the ability to build a protective “shield” over their colony which is resistant against many rinses and even antibiotics.  This is why brushing and flossing are so crucial.  By brushing away the plaque you are disorganizing and reducing the numbers of bacteria which can convert sugars to acids.  You can also neutralize cavity causing acids by rinsing with baking soda and water, chewing sugar free gum, or even eating natural cheeses.  Your enamel is in a delicate state of mineral attack after eating acid containing foods and sweets.  Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth to avoid wearing away your enamel. 

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