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Have you seriously considered arranging to have your tongue pierced? You might want to reconsider your decision. Even if you are extremely clean, your mouth is still full of germs which can infect your pierced area. So, getting any oral piercings increase the chances of infection and can wear away teeth enamel. Potentially, a tongue piercing can threaten the health of your tongue. Begin taking your children to the dentist at an early age. It is advisable that their first visit happen very soon after the first tooth comes in. The dentist can evaluate how the baby teeth are growing and look for any abnormalities in the tooth surface. In addition, he or she can provide you with some good tips on taking care of the child's teeth at home. If you find out from your dentist that you need a tooth extracted or need an antibiotic for a problem, listen to him or her and do it right away. If you ignore mouth infections, they can spread throughout your body. Always follow your dentist's recommendations for taking care of an infection, including getting antibiotics and taking them for as long as prescribed. If you are moving from one dentist to another, bring your x-rays with you. X-rays provide valuable information about your teeth and dental history. They can help your new dentist to establish an effective treatment plan that works for you. Many dentists can even email x-rays, making it easy for you to transfer them from office to office. To ensure your toothbrush is clean and free from harmful bacteria, you should get a new one every couple of months. Use a brush with soft or medium bristles; hard bristles can wear away tooth enamel and result in painful or bleeding gums. For optimal quality, go with a name brand. Can't stomach the idea of swishing a potent mouthwash every day? Try rinsing with plain apple cider vinegar every morning instead. Swish for about one minute before you begin brushing your teeth. Apple cider vinegar helps to kill germs, fight stains and make your teeth appear somewhat whiter than before. An important tip that can be performed after brushing is to floss your teeth at least twice a day. Begin by grasping the floss tightly with your hands, or to make it easier you can use a tool made for flossing. Move the floss up and down on the edges of your teeth to dislodge food particles and plaque so your mouth will be clean. You should replace your toothbrush every three months. As you use a toothbrush, the bristles wear out. When the bristles become worn, your toothbrush can harm your gums. This can cause your gums to begin bleeding. For best results, choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Though you may not have given much thought to it before, the dental care tools you have at home play a large role in your overall dental health. Make sure to use fluoridated toothpaste and a brush with soft bristles. You may even want to purchase a battery-powered toothbrush that is often more effective at eliminating plaque build-up. Choose snacks that have healthy benefits for your teeth. Apples clean your teeth and gums as you eat them. You can also eat broccoli, carrots and other vegetables that are raw. Crunchy foods will clean your teeth. As an added benefit, you will receive a Vitamin C boost and this helps your dental health. Your child should be drinking municipal water. Municipal water is fluoridated. This added fluoride helps strengthen your child's teeth. If your home is on a well, ask your dentist about fluoride treatments. There are many options including liquid fluoride that is applied to the teeth before your child's bedtime. It is important to floss your teeth daily. Flossing reaches those tight spaces in-between your teeth that a toothbrush can't. Do not skimp on the floss. Try to use at least 18 inches of dental floss. Floss one tooth at a time in a rubbing motion. Flossing before brushing will let more of the toothpaste's fluoride get between the teeth. Do not neglect your tongue when you brush your teeth. One major culprit of bad breath is bacteria buildup on the tongue. Use a scraper on your tongue every morning in order to remove the plaque on your tongue and freshen breath. Scraping your tongue daily will help prevent bad breath. Are you feeling better? Do you think you can implement some of the tips you've read to have a better set of pearly whites? You know how to care for them now and you can do it. All you need to do is follow the advice from this article, and you will be on your way to a brighter smile.

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