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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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How to Avoid Seeing the Dentist Unnecessarily

by Myrtle Banks

All adults should see their dentist regularly, even if they think they have healthy teeth and don't notice any pain or discomfort when eating or brushing. However, there are certain things you can do to your teeth that can create dental problems, and which might necessitate an early trip to the dentist's office. Note a few of those here, so you can avoid having to make an otherwise unnecessary trip to the dentist's office, and you know you're doing everything possible to protect your teeth and your overall oral health.

Dry mouth

Your mouth needs saliva to rinse away food particles, germs, bacteria and everything else that could otherwise linger in the mouth and cause tooth decay and bad breath. If your mouth always seems dry, talk to your dentist, as you may not be producing enough saliva on your own. However, you might also be doing things that are causing your mouth to become dry; this can include using mouthwash with alcohol, which dries the skin of the gums and inside the cheeks, or sleeping with your mouth open. Switch to mouth rinses without alcohol and talk to your dentist about a mouthguard or other appliance that will keep your jaw in place while you sleep, so you keep your mouth closed and don't allow it to dry out overnight.


When you drink soda, the acids in that liquid stick to the tooth surface for quite some time, causing enamel erosion and wear. Try to avoid drinking sodas as much as possible, or use a straw when drinking so that the soda doesn't reach your teeth before you swallow it. This can help to protect tooth enamel and protect your teeth from early cavities.

Brushing and flossing too hard

When brushing and flossing your teeth, you may assume that you should really scrub with the brush, or rub that floss against the gums as hard as possible, to remove stubborn food particles, germs, and the like. This can actually damage the enamel of your teeth and cut into the gums, leaving open areas that will hold germs and bacteria, and increase your risk of an oral infection. You can also be causing the gum line to recede, which can allow germs to build up and also be harmful to teeth. Be gentle with your brushing and flossing, and simply take an extra few minutes to do a thorough job. This will be more effective than brushing too hard or cutting into the gums with your floss.