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You have been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember… However, many people are shocked when they learn they are not doing it properly! Do you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day? Many adults do not come close to brushing for that amount of time, and are unaware that proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Do you floss every day? Many adults rarely floss!
Here are four steps to help you remember how to look after your mouth, teeth and gums:
1) Brushing twice daily especially in the morning and before bed, with a fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes.
2) Floss daily. Before bed usually.
3) Reduce frequency of snacking between meals.
4) Make sure you have regular check ups with your dentist, we recommend an oral exam and professional cleaning every 6 months.

Ian the Mosman Dentist. Dentist Mosman
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Teeth Anatomy


Even though the mouth is a small part of out body, it is vital for many functions including eating, drinking, speaking and of course smiling. Here is a summary of the important players in your mouth
These teeth are sharp and chisel shaped and designed for cutting into food. 

Or cuspids theses teeth are usually sharp and designed to tear food apart. When someone grinds their teeth, these are usually the first ones to wear down.

Or bicuspids, they have 2 pointy cusps on the chewing part and are designed to crush and tear food.

These have  4 or 5 cusps and are used for grinding up food.

This is the part of the tooth you see, the rest is hidden under the gum 

Gum line
This is where your tooth and gum meet and is the critical area for cleaning. Often gum and decay problems can start here due to insufficient cleaning.

The part of the tooth you don’t see as it is hidden under the gum line. It is imbedded in the jaw bone and hold the tooth in place.

It is the outer layer of the tooth and is highly mineralized to resist decay, in fact it is the hardest part of the body. Incorrect cleaning and diet can cause decay in enamel.

This is the layer directly under the enamel and is protecting the nerve of the tooth. A toothache usually occurs when decay passes through the enamel and start to eat away at the softer dentine.
This is in the centre of the tooth and comprises of nerves and blood vessels. If the decay reached the nerve it may require a root therapy.

Ian the Mosman Dentist. Dentist Mosman
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