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A lifetime of smiles

While regular visits to the dentist are an essential part of dental care, be sure to take care of your teeth and gums between appointments.

Plaque is forming on your teeth all the time but you can avoid its negative effects by brushing and flossing regularly. Here are some tips for good oral care:

• Brush your teeth twice a day
• Be sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride to protect against cavities
• Floss at least once a day
• A mouth rinse can help freshen breath and control plaque bacteria
• Change your brush (or brush head) every three months

For the best dental care, brushing with a power brush is a great step forward.

While a power toothbrush can't replace professional tooth cleaning it can help keep your teeth feeling clean and smooth between dental appointments and many power brushes remove up to twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush.

With a variety of technologies available to ensure that you brush each section of your teeth for the right amount of time and apply just the right amount of pressure, power brushes will help you get top marks for technique.

Care at every age
Different types of dental care are needed at different ages. Kids' teeth are particularly prone to decay.

A healthy diet shouldn't be underestimated and encouraging kids to eat a variety of foods while cutting down on sugary snacks will reduce the likelihood of cavities.

A range of both manual and power brushes are available to suit every age group and brushing with a good toothpaste twice a day is essential.

When children move into their teens and grow increasingly conscious of their appearance, parents can continue to help them to care for their teeth by reminding them that a healthy smile and fresh breath will keep them looking and feeling their best.

As people age, they may lose teeth due to decay or gum disease and some may need to have dentures fitted. Advances in denture care mean that this is no longer the scary prospect it once was. If dentures are needed, your dentist will ensure best fit.
 
As well as following a thorough dental health routine, using products that are specifically designed with your needs in mind will help keep dental treatments at bay.


Roger Matthews is chief dental officer with Denplan.

 Posted on : Mon 14th - Mar - 2011

 

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