Your Teeth

Cavities

Causes:

  • Dry mouth: less saliva to wash away bacteria
  • High bacteria levels due to lack of care
  • Available sugar for bacteria to digest into harmful acids Just think, the more sweets you eat, the more you're feeding the bacteria growing in your mouth, and the more sugar the bacteria eat the more acid they excrete that breaks down your teeth.
  • Foods that stick to your teeth, are not easily removed especially in hard to reach spaces. Thus they may supply a longer food supply for bacteria.

Recipe for beautiful long lasting teeth


If you want to walk out of your house every morning feeling like you walked out of a dentist's cleaning, try this...

  1. Stop eating sweets and stop eating sticky foods! Eat something good for you!
  2. Use the Sonicare sonic toothbrush twice a day to blast plaque with sonic waves and to make sure you brush for the dentist recommended time period (2 minutes) as signaled by this amazing toothbrush device. Make sure you use a toothpaste with triclosan to prevent gingivitis and fluoride to prevent cavities, plaque, and tarter build-up (we recommend "Colgate Total".) (Baking soda is overrated)
  3. After dinner, before hitting the sac, floss between all teeth and behind your last molars with "Glide" floss. This floss is less likely to strip into pieces while severing your fingers and is more durable so you only need one piece for your whole mouth.
  4. Rinse your mouth with a bacteria killing antiseptic. We use "Tarter Control Listerine" because "it kills the bacteria that causes bad breath, plaque and gingivitis."
  5. If you think you're at particular risk for cavities or are extremely terrified of a dentist's drill, then use a fluoride rinse right before bed to strengthen your teeth with a coat of fluoride. Do not rinse it out with water. We recommend "Act Anticavity Fluoride Rinse."
  6. Finally visit your dentist for a cleaning and checkup every 6 months.

It sounds like a long list but if you want to keep your teeth and avoid root canals, it's only a small 5 minute daily sacrifice and it feels terrific. So go ahead pamper yourself.

SMACK! I knocked my tooth out!


To prevent this from occurring in the first place...

  • When biking or skating always wear a helmet.
  • During contact sports always wear a mouth guard.
  • When driving always use your seatbelt.

Whack! Too late for prevention! Any trauma should be reported to your dentist. If the tooth is dislodged...

  • Remain calm and collected. Getting all pissed off will waste precious time.
  • Do not scrub or clean the tooth.
  • Gently rinse the tooth leaving any tissue on the tooth.
  • Place the tooth back in its place and bite down on a clean cloth.
  • If you are unable to return the tooth to your mouth, place it in a small container of milk.
  • You and your tooth must get to the dentist within 30 minutes. If you do so, your tooth might be saved to remain normal and healthy.


Sport Mouth Guards:
In addition to keeping your teeth intact, mouth guards protect against...

  • Concussions
  • Cerebral hemorrhages
  • Jaw fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Laceration & bruising of the lips & cheeks

You should wear a mouth guard if you play a contact sport such as:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Wrestling
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Martial arts sparring or competition
  • Boxing/kick boxing

For an effective mouth guard, make sure you get one that you can mold to your teeth, or if you're real serious about protecting your teeth, your dentist might provide a more expensive custom made mouth guard.

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