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Dental Hygiene
July 14, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Health

Poor dental hygiene habits are hard to break, but with practice, a proper daily routine can be easily established. The American Dental Association recommends:

Brush after every meal, or at least twice a day.  If  you are unable to brush, sugarless gum can be an effective replacement.  Chew the gum for at least 20 minutes.

To help prevent bad breath, brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth.

Surprisingly, many people don’t realize that flossing should really be done at least once a day.

Replace your toothbrush regularly. Damaged bristles are unable to do a good job of cleaning. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes every 3 months.

Mother always said “Don’t eat between meals”. But if you must, avoid sugary sweets which give you a higher chance of tooth decay.

Visit the dentist regularly — Children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months.

Using your teeth as tools is always a bad idea.  Gnawing on pencils or crunching on ice can result in damaged teeth.

Find a dentist you and your family are comfortable with. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Worried about costs? Don’t be afraid to call and ask for prices on specific procedures.

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