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Nevada urges residents to improve oral health
Updated: 1/12/2012 6:59:59 PM

Nevada urges residents to improve oral health  

While most of the county could probably benefit from taking a second look at the way they treat their teeth, some places have higher levels of tooth decay than others. For example, the Nevada Appeal reports that in the area, the rate of tooth decay and oral disease is higher than the rest of the country as a whole.

The news source recently ran an article to encourage Nevada residents to take care better care of their teeth by explaining some habits they should either pick up and those they should avoid.

"First, avoid tobacco. Smoking or chewing tobacco makes your breath stink and discolors your teeth, and tobacco use in any form - cigarette, pipes, and smokeless (spit) tobacco - increases the risk for gum disease, oral problems and throat cancers.

Second, limit snacks full of sugars and starches, which can contribute to tooth decay," according to the news source.

The Mayo Clinic recommends brushing twice a day, using a toothpaste that contains flouride and a soft-bristled toothbrush. They also suggest getting buying a new brush every three or four months, or whenever the bristles become frayed. 

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