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We currently exist in the world of social media that is all about pictures, pictures, pictures and selfies. What good would any of these images be if we don’t have a pair of pearly whites to match it? Despite the glamour factor, do remember that no matter how busy you are you need to make time for the dentist because he can spot signs of serious illness that shouldn’t be ignored.

Perfect your stroke
Many adults never learned how to brush and floss properly. Use a soft brush that has rounded nylon bristles and make gentle circular motions at a 45-degree angle to your gum line.
If flossing hurts or makes your gums bleed, keep working at it. The more you floss, the tougher your gums become.

Ditch the diet cola
Even sugar-free soda can destroy your pearly whites, thanks to the high acid content of most carbonated beverages. Acid weakens enamel and makes it softer – a fluoride rinse can help strengthen it.

Get off the daily grind
Grinding or clenching your teeth (which can intensify if you’re stressed) can cause excessive wear and even cracking and chipping. A lot of tooth wear starts to show up in the late 30s and 40s. Your dentist can see if you’re grinding, because areas of the tooth enamel will be worn smooth.

Consider a renovation
Dental work you had done in your teens may need to be replaced. If you’ve had lots of fillings or crowns, get them checked, because they do wear out. A cracked or chipped filling can create a space for bacteria to collect, causing decay.

Kick those butts
Smoking causes severe discolouration and weakens the gums. Smokers get periodontal disease at two to three times the rate of non-smokers. Smokers also don’t heal as well after getting treatment for these gum infections.

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