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The Academy of General Dentistry offers tips on how to improve dental habits
Updated: 12/1/2010 4:59:59 PM

The Academy of General Dentistry offers tips on how to improve dental habits To help improve oral hygiene as the new year approaches, The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is providing tips on simple initiatives that people can take in order to practice good dental habits.

Raymond Martin, an AGD spokesperson, said that "poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life."

In fact, the American Dental Health Association warns that gum disease has been linked to chronic illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease as well as premature or low-weight births.

The AGD suggests that to avoid potential problems like gum disease, individuals should floss every day, as it is one of the most important factors that can help to prevent this condition.

People should also stick to brushing their teeth for two to three minutes each day, according to the AGD. Every few months, individuals should change their toothbrush - the AGD indicates that old toothbrushes become ineffective for warding off bacteria.

Drinking sugary beverages through a straw as well as chewing sugarless gum are other ways a person can reduce their risk of developing cavities, according to the AGD.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that regular oral exams can also help to prevent tooth decay. Individuals who find it difficult to cover the cost of dental treatments can find low-cost, affordable plans for themselves and their families.

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