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Brush, Floss, And Rinse: Why Each Of The Big Three Are Important

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We’re taught from a young age the “Big Three” steps of oral hygiene: Brush, Floss, and Rinse. These are all essential steps to maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine. Unfortunately, as many people grow into adulthood, one or more of these three steps can fall by the wayside. As you get older, it’s as important as ever to continue taking great care of your teeth in order to avoid cavities, gum disease, tooth decay, and other harmful things that may lead to a tooth extraction procedure. Brush Brushing your teeth helps remove plaque, which is a transparent layer of bacteria that covers your teeth and can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and infection. A good starting point is to make sure you’re using the right tools. A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal to avoid irritating your gums. There are also many different kinds of toothpastes available. You may want to ask your…


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5 Reasons To Always Brush Your Tongue

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You may have your oral hygiene routine down pat—brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings—but how often do you remember to brush your tongue? Brushing your tongue daily is an important part of good oral hygiene. You can buy a special device called a tongue scraper, which removes bacteria, fungi, food debris, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue. Here are some reasons to always brush your tongue! Fresher Breath Brushing your tongue removes bacteria, food debris, and fungi from the surface of your tongue, which are all things that can cause bad breath. Brushing the tongue can help give you much fresher breath and has long lasting effects. Dental Health A buildup of bacteria in the mouth leads to an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is responsible for all sorts of nasty dental problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and even tooth…


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The Relationship Between A Healthy Heart And A Healthy Mouth

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Our heart health is something we should always be thinking about with heart disease being the number one killer of men and women in North America. There are lots of things we can do to promote heart health and prevent heart disease, starting with our oral health. Studies show there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. There are, however, many similar risk factors for the two conditions, including smoking, diabetes, and a poor diet. Either way, taking care of your oral health is a great step towards taking care of your heart and overall health. Like anything, prevention is far better than treatment. Work on developing healthy habits and an excellent oral health routine. Some things you can work on to prevent disease, or manage it, include: Brush and floss regularly: Plaque and bacteria buildup in the mouth can lead to gum disease, and have other, negative…


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4 Common Sports-Related Dental Injuries

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Injuries are a part of sports, and are even in some cases, considered a rite of passage with athletes proudly bearing their scars. But any trauma to the face or mouth, resulting in orofacial injuries (in and around the mouth), can have serious adverse functional, psychological, and aesthetic effects on the victim. Injuries to the mouth and teeth are very common in sports, with about 80 per cent of them affecting the front teeth and soft tissues – lips, tongue, and inner cheeks. Some of the most common dental injuries include: Cracked Teeth A fractured or cracked tooth is one of the most common injuries when the athlete sustains a sudden blow to the face. The severity of the crack varies widely depending on different factors, with players who don’t wear mouthguards being 60 times more likely to have serious damage resulting in other long-term problems. A cracked tooth may…


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6 Oral Hygiene Tips For Infants

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Although baby teeth don’t begin to emerge until around the age of six months, good oral hygiene for your infant is just as important as it is for you to keep their primary teeth and gums healthy and positively impact their overall well-being. Here are some useful tips to take good care of your infant’s mouth. Before your baby’s teeth come in, it is important that you clean the gums after every feeding. Simply use a dampened gauze or wet washcloth wrapped around your finger to wipe the gums. Alternatively, you can buy a soft rubbery device that fits like a thimble on your index finger, specifically designed for rubbing off excess food. Don’t let your child fall asleep with a baby bottle full of milk, formula, juice or any other sweet drink in their mouth. Even when the baby teeth have not started coming in yet, they are partially…


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