Saving money on your dental care may not be on top of your priority list but reading this should get you to stop and think about its importance today. You must know now that fillings, dental crowns and root canals cost a fortune and besides, who enjoys a trip to the dentist? If you are paying dental insurance, you can take advantage of the coverage it provides for regular examination of your teeth, including cleanings and other services that can help your dentist in the early diagnosis of potential dental problems.
Dentists recommend that a one-year old child should already be taken to their clinics to avoid future dental problems as well. Did you know that that there are studies that found a link between cardiovascular diseases and gum problems? It makes sense to take care of your teeth and gums today so you can spare yourself and your family huge expenses on medical problems in the future.
Taking care of your teeth protects you from so many future potential problems as shown by the link between gum disease and heart problems. But equally important is that maintaining proper dental hygiene lets you avoid having bad breath and other headaches today.
Not surprisingly, most people are not aware that they have foul smelling breath, which can be the first indicator that something needs to be done. This is because our noses become so used to the smell that they are overwhelmed by the smell and thus become immune so to speak. We all know the consequences of having bad breath on our personal and social lives – relationships, jobs, promotions, friends and loved ones have been lost because of it.
A dirty mouth emits foul smelling breath, and I don’t mean the words that come out of it. Literally, a dirty mouth is a mouth left uncleaned, filled with noxious bacteria that causes bad breath and even worse things. The first step to making sure that you have pleasant breath is to clean your mouth regularly by brushing and flossing your teeth.
Don’t stop there, you should also brush, or better yet, scrape the back part of your tongue to get rid of the whitish substance that sticks there and incubates all kinds of yucky living things. A tongue scraper is specially made for this purpose and is the best tool you can use. You can also use a spoon to do the job if a tongue scraper is not available.
Many dentists and dental hygienist now recommend chewing sugar-less gums with Xylitol for those emergency situations where you need to have instant fresh breath. Xylitol as an ingredient in chewing gums can help prevent dry mouth and tooth decay plus it neutralizes the bacteria and that is exactly what we need.