Guide To Healthy Oral Care

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Guide To Healthy Oral Care

How-To Tips For Taking Care Of Your Teeth And Gums

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is an essential part of preventing tooth decay and gum disease, not to mention keeping your smile looking nice. Here are some tips on good oral care, from the American Dental Association.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush. The toothbrush should fit the size and shape of your mouth and allow you to reach all areas easily
  • When brushing, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gums and make sure to cover all of your teeth's outer surfaces, inner surfaces and chewing surfaces
  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months. If the bristles are frayed, replace it sooner
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Clean between the teeth once a day using floss. Gently use the floss to rub between the teeth - never snap the floss into the gums - and don't forget the back sides of the teeth in the back of your mouth. For those who have difficulty handling dental floss, dental picks or special brushes will also work
  • Eat a healthy diet and visit your dentist regularly

Source: ADA