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They say a smile is your best accessory. It is important you take care of that accessory so you will have a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Regular dental visits are essential to keep your teeth looking sparkling white and to keep your mouth healthy and happy. Finding a good dentist for you and your family does not have to be a chore, with a little research and the right questions. Not only are qualifications important, but you want to find a dental professional who is a good fit and who is caring, compassionate, and listens to your needs.

One of the best ways to find a dentist is through word of mouth. If your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers like someone, odds are that you will too. Surprisingly, your doctor or pharmacist may also be able to make suggestions about dental professionals in your area. Once you find a dental professional who comes highly recommended, there are a number of questions you should ask to be sure they will meet your needs. Most importantly is to be sure your dentistry professional is well-educated and properly trained; you also want to be sure he or she attends continuing education workshops and is up-to-date on the latest products and technologies available. Once this has been established, you can then inquire more details regarding the office location and business hours, so that you can be sure you will be able to make appointments as easy and convenient as possible. Finally, you will want to ask questions regarding certain policies and procedures before making your final decision in selecting a long-term dental professional. For example, it is likely important to know if your prospective dental practice accepts your insurance and then what procedures are covered and the amount of the co-pay. You may also wish to inquire about the policy for missed or late appointments and the office's procedures for dental emergencies.

Finding a dentist who is a good fit for you and your family does not have to be difficult. With a little legwork up front and the right questions, you can find a dental practice with what you can form a good long-term, professional relationship. By finding a good fit from the start, you will avoid hassles or surprises later on. Having a healthy and clean smile can affect your health dramatically and having a beautiful, white smile makes … More

Dental care by brushing may date as far back as the Babylonians and their ingenious use of a twig. We are fortunately that we do not have to cut a twig, fray the end and scrub our teeth with such a tool.

Today we have an assortment of tooth brushes available to us for our dental needs. Brushes range from a straight brush with bristles ranging from very soft to extremely stiff, to rotary electric brushes and brushes that use sound waves to blast plaque from the recesses of our teeth.

Our choices are abundant, but the most important thing is that we brush!

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. A soft bristle will clean without damaging the gums. Also be careful. Many of us think in an over-abundant mode. If 2 minutes is good then would not five or ten minutes be better.

Your teeth are with you for life. After your permanent teeth come in, there are no more natural replacements. Excessive brushing, over time will wear down the enamel and cause premature damage to your teeth. It may also damage your gums. So stick with the two minute limit. That will allow plenty of time to clean your teeth and gums.

We talk about brushing our teeth. But in effect, you are cleaning your mouth. Bacteria forms everywhere in your mouth, not just on your teeth. So take the time to gently brush your gums, the inside of your cheeks and yes, your tongue.

Many brands of toothpaste are available. Any brand that provides you with fluoride protection is usually good. Be careful to ensure that it does not have abrasive cleaning material in the paste. This too, over time and you certainly want to be around for a long time, can cause excess wear to your teeth.

You do not need a large glob of toothpaste on your brush. Do not follow the example of the commercials where they squeeze toothpaste the length of the bristles. Yes this will sell more toothpaste but it will not increase the effectiveness. You only need a small amount, about the size of a pea, too clean your teeth.

To brush effectively:

1) Use a soft bristle brush.

2) Use fluoride toothpaste with no abrasive compound included.

3) Brush for two minutes.

4) Brush your gums, inside checks and tongue.

5) And brush twice a day. … More