Taking good care of your mouth, teeth and gums is a worthy goal in and of itself. Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease—and can help you keep your teeth as you get older.
When you brush, your toothbrush should be tilted at a 45- degree angle to your gum line. As you brush, be sure to remove debris from every surface of the teeth – including the backs of the teeth, near the gum line, and on chewing surfaces. It is also important to brush your tongue, as bacteria can accumulate there and cause malodorous breath.
Did you know… that the type of toothbrush you use makes a difference in your oral health?
Flossing is simple and only takes an extra couple of minutes per day. Developing a healthy habit of flossing can prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it may allow you to keep more of your natural teeth as you age. So what is the most effective means of flossing? Pull the floss taut and slide it between two teeth. Pull against the side of one tooth, creating a “C-shape” and sliding upwards to remove plaque build-up.
Your body works hard to convert the foods you eat into energy. You may not think twice about what you are eating. The truth is, your diet has a direct effect on your overall dental and teeth health. Developing good eating habits can lead to excellent oral health free of decay and gum disease.
You can effectively brush your teeth with either a manual toothbrush or an electric one. However, the rapid movements of motorized versions may be more effective at removing plaque from the teeth and gum line. Regardless of whether you choose an electric brush or a manual brush, it should be easy for you to maneuver in your mouth and behind your back teeth. If the head is too big, it may not be effectively removing plaque from your teeth.
Daily brushing and cleaning between your teeth are important because it removes plaque. If the plaque isn't removed, it builds up and can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth. The best way to brush is by placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and gently moving it in a circular motion, rather than a back-and-forth motion. Grip the toothbrush like a pencil so you don't scrub too hard, and make sure to avoid these other tooth-brushing mistakes.
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