Did you know 200 types of bacteria live in your mouth?

Did you know that there are more than 200 types of bacteria that live in your mouth? Many of these bacteria multiply in the presence of sugar and can attack your teeth and cause cavities. But other, more harmful bacteria live there, too. They use your mouth as a breeding ground, before heading off to attack other parts of your body. By keeping your teeth and gums healthy and coming in for a regular cleaning, you can prevent heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, premature births and some forms of cancer that are caused by bacteria living in your mouth.

5 Oral Care Mistakes You Should Avoid to Possess a Smile like Julia Roberts

Everyone harbors a desire to be famous. However, not everyone has a million dollar smile. If you want to smile for the cameras, oral care is important. How many celebrities have you seen with crooked and stained teeth? That’s because they invest heavily to have them fixed. Your dental plan may not provide you the freedom to undergo such an extensive change. However, you can still achieve the perfect set of teeth by avoiding careless mistakes. People aren’t as knowledgeable about oral care as they should be. This is the major cause of oral problems. Here are a few simple mistakes you can avoid to achieve the perfect smile.

Soft as a feather


To win a race you need the perfect car, and to win against cavities you need the perfect toothbrush. Selecting the right toothbrush is half the battle won. Your toothbrush must have soft bristles to avoid straining your gums and teeth. That’s it! Pay no heed to the advertising jargon companies use to promote their brand. They may say ‘flexible head’, but the only way it’s flexible is if you press the toothbrush hard enough against your teeth for them to break.

Hold it like a pen

Having a brush with soft bristles will be useless, if you brush your teeth like a mad man. You might think scrubbing really hard will remove the plaque, but it will also erode the tooth enamel.Brush really gently to avoid damaging your gums, or they may start receding. Hold your toothbrush like a pen to avoid applying too much pressure.

Up, up and away

People have the wrong notion that the correct way to brush their teeth is in a vertical up down motion. Your brush strokes should move awayfrom the gums to remove plaque. Brush strokes that movetowards the gums cause them to bleed.They also cause your teeth to become weak, due to receding of gums. Use gentle strokes that move away from the gums to effectively remove plaque and prevent damage to your teeth.

2 whole minutes

Spending half an hour brushing your teeth, while watching your morning cartoons, will erode your tooth enamel. On the flipside, speeding through it while rushing to work, won’t affect the germs. So now you’re stuck with a dilemma. Let me help you solve it. You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes for it to be effective. Try not to go over 5 minutes either or you might risk having no teeth to brush in the future.

Ring of crookedness

Tongue rings might be a fad. However, they have serious implications on your teeth arrangement. Tongue rings interfere with your teeth and make them crooked. They might be cheap, but the braces you’ll need post the piercing are not. It even hurts like hell, so why would you go through with it? If your dental plan doesn’t cover orthodontic treatment, it’s best to avoid tongue rings. The trend is simply not worth it when your teeth are crooked.

Once you’ve dealt with your oral care problems, you can pursue your dream of stardom.Your 32 perfect teeth will automatically pave the way towards fame and fortune.

Coping with bad breath? Your dentist can help

Bad Breath

Do you find yourself chewing gum or obsessively popping breath mints throughout the day to keep your sour breath at bay? Bad breath—or halitosis—can be an embarrassing and annoying condition, especially when it’s chronic. If you’re concerned about your bad breath and are worried that it’s affecting your social or work life, it may be time to book an appointment with your dentist.

Regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and identify conditions that may cause bad breath. These include gum disease, which results from a build-up of plaque, and dry mouth, which can arise when the production of saliva in your mouth decreases, either due to problems with salivary glands or as a side effect of some medications. When saliva production is compromised, food particles are not washed away completely, and you may end up with bad breath.

Your dentist will also work with you to identify other factors that may be contributing to your halitosis. An obvious one is smoking, which not only leads to bad breath, but can also irritate your gums, putting you at greater risk for gum disease. Eating strong foods, such as garlic or onions, may also contribute to bad breath.

Of course, making sure you’re taking good care of your teeth and gums and maintaining optimal oral hygiene is crucial to keeping bad breath at bay. This means brushing twice a day, and flossing daily to remove food particles from between your teeth. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, too, since it can harbour bacteria that may lead to bad breath.

Don’t be embarrassed… talk to your dentist on your next visit!