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Dental Care: A
Surefire Killer Smile
|A smile freshens
up the face better than any make-up can do. A killer smile will
make everyone look and stare. You do not have to have a perfect
set of teeth but keeping your pearly whites clean and your
breath smelling fresh will definitely be life changing.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is an essential dental care. This helps
prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The size and shape of your
toothbrush should fit the mouth to enable the brush to reach all
areas easily. Using a toothpaste containing fluoride is also
another tip in dental care for fluoride helps protect your teeth
from decay. It is also a vital dental care if you clean between
the teeth using floss or interdental cleaners which remove
plaque from the in between areas the toothbrush can't reach.
This also prevents gum disease.
Brushing the teeth is not as easy as you thought it is. You might not
believe this but brushing the teeth is more than brushing the
teeth, spitting out the water, and gargling. The following are
tips in brushing that will definitely vamp your personal dental
• Brush at a 45 degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes against the
• In brushing chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth
• Tilt brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with toe of brush
in brushing inside surfaces of front teeth
• Brush the tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food
particles and freshen the mouth.
As mentioned earlier, flossing is a vital part in dental care and similar
with brushing, there is a proper way in doing it. The following
will teach you how to floss properly and get that great smile.
• Wrap an 18-inch strand around your middle fingers and hold a one inch
• Ease floss between teeth and clean up and down several times while curving
around the tooth at the gumline.
• Always floss behind the last tooth and unwind clean floss as your proceed.
• Floss around the abutment teeth of a bridge and under artificial teeth
with a floss threader.
It has been said that a person should visit the dentist at least twice a
year and that saying is not just a maxim passed from a parent to
a child for the sake of passing but in fact is a type of dental
care that we all should be responsive. Brushing and flossing
will never be enough to keep your pearly whites unbelievably
clean and your mouth smelling fresh. Visiting your dentist at
least once in six months will ensure that killer smile you
thought only existed in commercials.
When you go to the dentist, you get more than cleaning. If cleaning is all
you can get from the dentist as dental care, your dentist might
be getting more than your money's worth. When you visit the
dentist, you actually get a full spectrum of dental care. The
full spectrum includes diagnostic, preventive, and educational
services specifically and individually designed to help you keep
the best possible smile.
The diagnostic part of dental care spectrum includes:
1. A review and update of your medical history
2. A recording of any changes in your prescribed medications and physical
3. X-rays for detecting decay, bone loss, and oral diseases
4. An examination of your teeth to detect decay
5. Evaluation of your gum tissues
6. Checking your biting patterns
7. Evaluation of possible cosmetic alterations which may help improve your
The preventive service of the spectrum of dental care includes:
1. blood pressure screening
2. Head and neck oral cancer screening
3. Scaling of the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar
4. Polishing of the teeth to remove all stains
5. Polishing of the silver crowns
6. Polishing all silver restorations
8. Application of fluoride if necessary
9. Referral to a specialist for specific treatment if necessary
The educational service of the spectrum of dental care includes:
1. A tour of the mouth and discussion of the findings
2. Tooth brushing and flossing instructions
3. Dietary discussion
4. Presentation of prescribed dental treatment
5. Updates on what is new in home care products and latest advances in
Dental care is more than brushing the teeth as you have learned as you read
this article. Good oral hygiene is a habit we all should get
into to keep that smile a killer that will make you attractive
and not scary.
About the author:
Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information about
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