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It's Easy to Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Do you have two minutes to spare?

That's all you need to practice good dental hygiene. Just brush your teeth and clean your gums for two full minutes, at the very least. Do this consistently twice a day, once before you go to sleep, and you'll enjoy a lifetime of great oral health.

It's really that easy to avoid the pain, discomfort, and expense associated with poor dental hygiene.

To brush your teeth properly, learn this technique: Angle your toothbrush about 45 degrees toward your gum line. Use soft gentle circular strokes. As you brush make sure the bristles of your toothbrush don't bend. If they do then you're pressing too hard.

Plaque is a soft, sticky film that forms on your teeth due to the bacteria in your mouth. Light strokes when brushing will easily pluck away at any plaque build-up between your teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with fluoride toothpaste. And replace your toothbrush once every three months or immediately after you've had a cold or the flu.

The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth at the very least twice a day, however for proper oral care it's a good idea to brush your teeth every time after you eat.

In addition to brushing, good dental hygiene requires that you floss daily, several times a day. Like many of us, you may avoid flossing because you think it's too much trouble. But if you can develop the habit, it's really not any more difficult or time-consuming than brushing.

Start with a piece of dental floss about eighteen inches in length. Use about two inches of floss between your fingers and keep the floss tight against your tooth to break up the plaque and food particles. Using both your thumbs and two forefingers, gently work the floss from the bottom of each tooth, starting at your gum line, up to the top of the tooth, scraping off the plaque and any food particles. Clean every side of each tooth using this same technique. Do not force the floss hard against the gums which might cause them to bleed. If you snap or pop as you floss this can cause friction on your gum tissue and damage your gum line.

Tongue cleaning is also important as it helps prevent bad breath and promotes overall oral cleanliness. You may use a specialized tongue cleaner, or just a soft toothbrush as part of your normal brushing routine. Once again use soft gentle strokes in a back-to-front motion.

Brushing and flossing prevent two major issues involving teeth, which are cavities and gum disease. A little known fact is that gum disease is a major risk factor for developing serious health complications such as diabetes and heart disease. So brushing and flossing daily plays an important part in maintaining good overall bodily health.

Eating healthy also is just as important to teeth and gum care. Sucrose helps plaque grow by fueling bacteria and acid production in your mouth. Indulging your sweet tooth activates 20 minutes of acid production. This weakens the gums which then causes the teeth to loosen and fall out.

To sum it up: for good dental hygiene cut down on the sugar intake, brush regularly with a soft brush and use fluoride toothpaste and remember to floss at least twice a day to keep the acids and plaque under control.

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