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Why Brushing and Flossing are So Important for Oral Health

February 16, 2013

Taking care of your teeth and gums is essential to good oral health!

flossingStudies have also shown that plaque buildup on teeth can even contribute to artery and heart disease! Yikes!  Good oral health can also help you avoid embarrassing conditions like bad breath or yellowing teeth.

Tips for Optimum Brushing and Flossing

1. Always brush your teeth before bedtime, and after every meal if at all possible. If youcan only brush/floss once a day – nighttime is best so you have clean teeth while you sleep. You don’t produce the saliva you do while you’re awake, so any food in your mouth will just sit there building up plaque and cavities! Yuck!

2. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride to help prevent cavities.

3. A soft head or medium head toothbrush are best; hard bristles can be too tough on teeth and cause irritation of the enamel.

4. Flossing after brushing each time helps remove plaque from between the teeth, and helps with breath.

5. Brush your tongue as well as your teeth to help eliminate mouth-borne bacteria.

6. A mouthwash can help with oral health; mouthwashes with alcohol can dry out the mouth, so try to use brands that contain no alcohol.

7. Be sure to brush below the gum line as well as directly on the teeth.
While brushing, the length of time it takes to brush should be no less than two minutes.

8. Dental floss with mint flavoring can help to promote good breath.

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