One of the most common dream themes is losing your teeth. We want to help you avoid this real-life nightmare. You know the basics—brushing flossing, seeing your dentist. But we have some more detailed steps that will ensure your smile is healthy and beautiful.
Two minutes is all you need to spend brushing your teeth to adequately clean away plaque. Use a soft brush and rub the bristles toward the upper gums, so you can get to the actual cusps. Change your brush every two months. Sonic brushes have great plaque-fighting abilities. Many cultures believe that massaging your gums with your fingers helps prevent periodontal disease.
Sonic brushes produce over 30,000 brushstrokes per minute (compared to the 5,000 of typical electric ones). They spray into crevices to clean where bristles can’t. To use one, follow these steps:
Get Between the Cracks
When you don’t floss, you’re not cleaning 40 percent of your teeth. And still, 80 percent of people don’t floss. Dentists even consider flossing more crucial for preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease. You’ve got to know how to do it though!
Here’s the right way: The floss should barely pass between each tooth and should gently touch the gums. Try the thicker or waxed varieties. If your floss breaks, you may want to have your dentist file down the “contact points” between your teeth. What not to do: Jam it between teeth, which causes gums to bleed.
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Employ Anti-staining Techniques
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Check It Out
You can test the health of your gums on your own, in some ways. Here are some signs you should see a dentist: bleeding, itching, bad breath and increased space between the teeth. You should see the dentist every six months (four, if you have gum problems). No matter how much you floss and brush, you can’t get all the gum-destroying plaque that’s deposited near your gums and between your teeth. Early detection of gingivitis will make it easier to treat.
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Watch Your Lips
You should protect your lips with sunblock. If they get sun damage, they’ll wrinkle and you’re even susceptible to lip cancers, especially on the lower lip. This is where we get more sun exposure. Use lip gloss or balm during the day with SPF 15 or higher.
Keep Plumping In Check
Over the last decade, women have grown to think bigger is better when it comes to their lips. They’ve used silicone, collagen, fat, their own dermis (skin), hyaluronic acid and Gore-Tex to plump them up. Stay away from plastic implants—they don’t seem to do well over time.
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