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Maintaining Good Dental Care Habits

Tal Lewinger - Friday, November 03, 2017

 

Your smile is wholly dependent on your dental care habits, like brushing and flossing. Are you employing the correct techniques? If you want to protect your oral health, follow these steps.

 

The Brushing

 

It all starts with clean teeth. You can prevent gum disease by properly cleaning the area when your gums and teeth meet, and keeping the surface of your teeth clean helps keep cavities at bay.

 

Follow these basics:

 

  • - Take your time when you brush, and do it at least twice a day.
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  • - Use a soft bristled toothbrush that is the correct size for your mouth, and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
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  • - When you brush, hold the brush at an angle to aim the bristles to cover the area where gums and teeth meet. Don’t forget the chewing surfaces, inside, and outside of your teeth, as well as the tongue.
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  • - Make sure that you rinse your toothbrush once you’re done, and always store it upright so that it has time to dry. Covering your toothbrush can cause bacteria growth.
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  • - Change your toothbrush every three months, and if the bristles are looking frayed change it sooner.
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The Flossing

 

Flossing is important because a toothbrush can’t reach under the gums or between your teeth.

 

Follow these basics:

 

  • - Use a piece of floss around 18 inches long and wind it around your middle finger. You should grip it between the thumb and forefingers.
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  • - Don’t snap the floss in, gently guide it with a rubbing motion. Once it’s in, guide it to the gum and curve it against the tooth.
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  • - Unwind your floss as you go, taking each tooth in turn. Gently rub each side of the tooth, using an up and down motion.
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  • - If you have trouble handling floss then use a dental pick or similar tool.
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It doesn’t matter which job you complete first, provided you do so thoroughly. Though you may want to floss first, so that brushing washes away any remaining debris.

 

Additional Tips

You can do more than flossing and brushing your teeth. You can also choose a fluoride mouthwash which will help promote oral hygiene. Carry floss with you, especially if you frequently eat out. While restaurants may have toothpicks on offer, they can damage your gums and allow bacteria entry. It may be tempting, but don’t stick sharp objects in your gums.

 

When It’s Time to See the Dentist

 

It’s important to see your dentist regularly to prevent oral health problems. If you see any of the following signs, make an appointment:

 

  • - Gums that are swollen, tender, or red.
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  • - Gums that bleed when you floss or brush your teeth.
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  • - Gums that have started to recede from your teeth.
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  • - You have started to lose permanent teeth.
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  • - You are seeing changes in how your bottom and top teeth align.
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  • - Sores or mouth ulcers that won’t heal.
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  • - Persistent bad breath.
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  • - Strange tastes in your mouth.
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  • - An unusual sensitivity to cold or hot.
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  • - Trouble swallowing.
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  • - Changes in how partial dentures or dentures fit in your mouth.

 


 



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