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Brushing Up

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Regular trips to the dentist are very important, but good oral health begins at home. Proper brusing is essential to healthy gums and teeth. At a minimum, every person should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. This will effectively remove cavity causing bacteria. Caregivers should always be sure to monitor children for effective brushing as well. A proper brushing technique involves holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth pointing toward the gum tissue. Use a circular motion and apply gentle pressure. Brush a couple of teeth at a time until the entire mouth is covered. Brush inside and out as well as the chewing surface.  

The toothbrush should have a handle that provides an adequate grip and the head of the brush should be small enough to allow access to all areas of the mouth. Use only a soft-bristled brush, as hard brushes can cause damage. Old toothbrushes can be ineffective and harbor harmful bacteria. Always use a flouride containing toothpaste. Otherwise, flavor, formula, or brand should not matter as long as the toothpaste carries an American Dental Association seal of approval. Only a pea sized amount of toothpaste is needed. Remember that flossing is just as important as brushing! The floss polishes and cleans the surface of the tooth that the brush is unable to reach. Try to do this at least once a day. For tips on this and other dental topics, visit www.KnowYourTeeth.com.

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