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How to Take Care of Your Teeth: Brushing Is Not Enough

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Smiling GirlYour mom and your dentist tell you that you need to brush your teeth regularly. Even your teachers say the same thing. That is why you are doing it for years. But do you know it is not enough to protect your teeth?

Here is what found out.

You are Doing It Wrong!

Brushing for the sake of doing it could be a useless activity if you do it wrong. When you brush, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. You have to scrub not just the teeth but also the upper and lower surfaces of the mouth, as well as the tongue. These places, after all, can be breeding grounds for bacteria that can cause bad breath and certain diseases.

Get the Floss

The problem with many toothbrushes is their bristles are still large for the teeth spaces. These spaces, meanwhile, can store food crumbs that feed bacteria, which then cause tooth decay.

In between and after tooth brushing, you need to use an interdental cleaner, such as floss. Floss is a threadlike material that can lift debris in your teeth’s tight spaces. Some of them have a minty flavour to keep your mouth feeling fresh and clean.

Go to the Dentist

But even flossing may not be sufficient as well. Even if it can get into tight spaces, it cannot reach the back of the teeth completely. You have to supplement brushing and flossing with regular teeth cleaning.

Your dentist can perform scaling and root planing or deep cleaning, which involve the removal of plaque (calcified deposits) and tartar. Not only do these deposits make your teeth unsightly; they can likewise speed up the decay.

In addition, deep teeth cleaning can treat your gums, which may be showing signs of periodontal disease. When your gum is not healthy, bacteria can get into the deeper part of the teeth easily. By then, you may need a more extensive and costly treatment.

Loving your teeth goes beyond brushing and flossing two or three times a day. It is a team effort, and you need the dentist’s help to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

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