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How do you have your mouth cleaned? How do you have your mouth cleaned?

Even though we've been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we're not doing it properly.

Case in point:

Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes?

Most adults do not come close to brushing that long.

 

These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your mouth, teeth and gums:

Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime. Floss every day - usually at bedtime.

Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.

Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning.

 

Types of Toothbrushes:


There are two styles of toothbrushes to consider:

Manual and electric. Choose what feels comfortable and makes you want to brush your teeth regularly.

   A manual toothbrush is portable and ready to use every time you need it. It makes no noise, and you will have complete control over the pressure it puts on your teeth and gums.

 

   An electric toothbrush requires charging and is a bit more cumbersome to take along when traveling. However, the rotating movement of the bristles makes it easier to clean between teeth and at the gum line. Many electric toothbrushes have built-in sensors to make sure you brush long enough and don't press too hard.

 

Maintaining Your Toothbrush.


No matter which type of toothbrush you use, keep it clean. The American Dental Association recommends rinsing the toothbrush under tap water after you brush to wash away lingering toothpaste and saliva. Then, store the toothbrush in a vertical position, with the bristles positioned so they can air dry.

 

    Storing a toothbrush in a closed container can cause bacteria to build up, so it's best to let the bristles of the toothbrush fully dry between each usage. If you're traveling, consider using disposable toothbrushes during the trip.

 

How often should you change your toothbrush?


Get into the habit of buying new toothbrushes for everyone in the family several times per year. How often you change your toothbrush depends on several factors, but it's best to always have a new, fresh toothbrush waiting in the bathroom cabinet for each family member

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