Archive: December 29, 2014

How many times a day should I brush and floss?

how-many-times-a-day-should-i-brush-my-teeth-roseville-dentist Brushing and flossing are key to a healthy mouth. Do you ever wonder how often you should brush and floss your teeth? Read on to learn how to take proper care of your oral health. Brush You must brush your gums and teeth at least twice a day. It is also best to brush within 30-60 minutes after every meal or snack. However, teeth should be brushed no more than three times a day in order to prevent damage. One common spot that people forget to brush is the gums. If the gums are brushed properly, they should look firm, pink, and healthy. If you have braces or Invisalign, this creates extra attention to brushing. Those who have these treatments are at more risk to having adverse reactions from a lack of brushing and flossing. For those who have braces, the teeth should be brushed twice a day and after every meal. If it is not possible to brush after a meal, you should swish water around in your

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Why Don’t My Dentures Seem to Fit Anymore?

why-dont-my-dentures-seem-to-fit You know that ill-fitting dentures make it very difficult to eat and, if the fit is poor enough, can cause mouth sores and discomfort. But what you may not know is why a denture that fit yesterday doesn't today. There are several reasons why the fit of your denture may change. New Dentures If you just got your denture or plate after having teeth removed, you may need trips to the dentist to have your new denture adjusted. Your gums swell after teeth are removed and the shape of your jaw will shift rapidly as you heal. Be patient and make sure you keep all of your scheduled appointments. In a few weeks you will heal completely and your dentures will fit comfortably without the need for constant adjustments. Give your body time to heal and get used to the sensation of wearing a denture. Mouth Changes As you have aged, you've probably noticed several changes in your body. Though it may not be obvious, your mouth is changing too. Your jawbones deteriorate slowly over time, changing the shape of your jaws. Swelling due to gum disease also alters the shape of the jaws and gums. Like a photograph, the mold used to make your dentures captured your mouth the way it was at one moment in time. Unfortunately, your dentures cannot change shape with you and the fit gradually declines as your body changes.

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4 Steps To Maintain Good Oral Health

4-steps-to-maintaining-good-oral-health Proper oral hygiene is essential to prevent oral health complications such as cavities, gum disease and decay. Unfortunately, many don’t know how to properly care for their mouth and teeth. Here are some instructions to help you improve your oral hygiene practices. Choose the Right Products Brush with a regular fluoride toothpaste to protect tooth enamel. Alternate the fluoride paste with regular whitening toothpaste to keep teeth looking white. Avoid using toothpastes that claim to brighten teeth or provide tartar control, as these products contain harsh chemicals that damage the structure of the teeth. If you use mouthwash, choose an alcohol-free brand. Alcohol is dehydrating, and many mouthwashes that contain alcohol dry out the mouth and can cause bacteria to accumulate.

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