Caring for Your Teeth

Smiling LipsTeeth.

We all have them (well we didn’t start out with them) and we’d like to keep them.

According to Healthfinder.gov these are the basics

  • Brush your teeth 2 times a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth every day.
  • Visit a dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning.
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

If you’re going to brush your teeth do it right.

According to the ADA (American Dental Association) the proper brushing technique is to:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

For more information about brushing and flossing and all things dental care visit MouthHealthy.org which is brought to you by the American Dental Association, and the Dental Health portion of MedlinePlus.

Random advice from the experts:

  • replace your toothbrush every 4 months
  • clean your brushes daily using an antibacterial rinse (such as Listerine) for 30 seconds
  • if you are storing your toothbrush with others don’t allow them to touch – that’s a great way to spread germs.

posted by – Susan, Health Reference

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