Monday, October 11, 2010

Properly Caring for Your Teeth

Having the ability to take care of your teeth is probably something that you have taken for granted. Before the technology of tooth care emerged there were many painful processes that people would participate in.

First, as people aged their teeth would start to rot. This painful process often resulted in individuals just having their teeth pulled but when the infection reached their jaw it was excruciatingly painful for a long period of time.

When people finally started to realize that it was important to clean their teeth they came up with many different methods of doing so. The next time that you finish brushing your teeth and walk away with that minty fresh taste in your mouth remember these methods.

Some of the ingredients that people would use to clean their teeth were ground-up chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, ashes or even honey and tobacco mixed together. Obviously many of these methods did not do the job as efficiently as our modern day toothpaste.

It was not until almost one hundred years ago that someone came up with the idea of a cream to clean teeth. Eventually, the scientists that were working with this material decided that it should be flavored a minty flavor.

It was not until World War II that the idea of brushing your teeth started to become popular. The tooth cream was put into a tube so that individuals could squeeze it out onto the toothbrush and the army handed out brushes and paste to all of the soldiers.

The army taught the soldiers that they needed to start brushing their teeth twice a day. The tubes that the army were giving out back then were made of a metal material making it much easier to squeeze than the plastic tubes of today.

Now when you go to the grocery store to buy your toothpaste you will be able to choose from a wide variety of choices. There are many different flavors and different characteristics to choose from when you are choosing.

Some toothpaste is made specifically for people that have problems with sensitivity in their teeth. If you feel pain in your mouth when you are eating things that are sweet, hot or even cold you may want to try one of these toothpastes.

You should also make sure that you are buying toothpaste that has fluoride in it. There are a lot of people that do not realize their water does not come with fluoride and the fluoride in toothpaste will help fortify and strengthen your teeth.

When you are brushing your teeth you should make sure that you are not overloading your toothbrush with toothpaste. You only need a small amount of toothpaste to make sure that you can clean all throughout your mouth.

As you finish brushing you want to make sure that you are rinsing and spitting out the toothpaste that you have in your mouth. It is not healthy for your body to be swallowing the toothpaste that is left in your mouth.

You have to make sure that you are also taking the time to brush all of your teeth. It is easy to miss the teeth in the back of your mouth when you are trying to brush your teeth quickly and just get the job done.

It may be useful if you take the time to time your brushing each time that you brush. Two minutes will enable you to give thirty seconds to all of the major parts of your mouth to make sure that you do not miss anything.

You should also make sure that you are taking care of any problems in your mouth as soon as they occur. There are a lot of people that do not understand the necessity of going to the dentist on a regular basis.

It is important that you are having your teeth checked by a professional and you are having any problems fixed as they occur. When you let a problem go for a long time you may end up needing surgery on your mouth.

If you let it get to this point you will have to make sure you understand the importance of your surgery. You should meet with your oral surgeon before your surgery to make sure you understand exactly what is going to happen in the procedure.

You may also want to talk to a professional about what you can do in the future to make sure you prevent having to get surgeries in the future.

Ignacio Lopez has worked in oral surgery for 10 years. He recommends ( for a great oral surgeon in Utah.

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