Sunday, January 25, 2009

Brushing for Oral Health

Follow these tips on how to brush your teeth:

-Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste.

-Use a soft-bristled toothbrush — it’s gentler on your gums.

-To brush properly, hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and use short back-and-forth motions.

-Brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth.

-Brush your teeth for about two minutes each time you brush.

-Brush your tongue.

-Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.

-Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if it becomes frayed.

-Consider using an electric toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush well.

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