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How To Care For Your Teeth

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Healthy, attractive teeth aren't only a cosmetic concern; a good tooth hygiene regime is important in minimising tooth decay and ensuring that your teeth remain in good condition throughout your life.
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Spending a little more to get a high quality toothbrush is a worthwhile investment. Though many toothbrushes now have additional 'features' such as tongue scrapers and gum massagers, a basic toothbrush with medium to soft bristles is sufficient. Avoid hard bristles as they can lead to bleeding gums. Brush thoroughly twice a day, ideally after waking and before bed.
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and ensure that you cover the whole surface of the tooth. Angle the brush for hard-to-reach areas and use a circular motion. Don't press too hard as this will flatten the bristles and limit their effectiveness. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months. This includes the heads of electric toothbrushes.
There are a wide variety of toothpastes available. Make sure that yours contains fluoride and is recommended by dentists. You may require a specialised toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth. Fluoride gels can also be useful for strengthening tooth enamel.
Flossing is a vital part of tooth and gum care as it removes plaque and food from between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. Wrap the floss around the ring finger of each hand and gently pull the floss between your teeth and down to the gum line. Pull the floss against one tooth at a time, moving it back and forth and scraping upwards.
Using an alcohol-free mouthwash can also be effective as the liquid can penetrate the spaces between the teeth. However, mouthwash shouldn't be used as a replacement for flossing.
Your diet plays a major part in the health of your teeth. Limiting the intake of acidic, sugary and refined foods, alcohol and nicotine can help to limit decay and make your visits to the dentist less painful!
Finding a dentist and setting up a regular check-up is important. Adults are generally advised to visit their dentist every six to eight months.
Taking small, daily steps to care for your teeth will ensure that your teeth remain healthy in the long run.


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