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Health Tip: Keep Teeth in Tip-Top Shape

Help prevent dental problems

(HealthDay News) -- Daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits, are important ways to keep your pearly whites healthy.

Here are additional suggestions for better tooth health, provided by the Nemours Foundation:

  • Be careful not to brush your teeth too hard, which can damage sensitive gums.
  • Brush from your gumline to the top of each tooth in short, gentle strokes.
  • Make sure you thoroughly brush the entire height of your teeth (especially where you chew). Be sure to get the bristles down in the crevices where food can collect.
  • Thoroughly brush the insides of your teeth. For the backs of hard-to-brush front teeth, try holding the toothbrush almost vertically, and brush up and down.
  • Always brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to get rid of bacteria. Use a sweeping, forward motion to clean these areas.
  • Brush your teeth for two to three minutes at a time.
  • Carefully floss between your teeth, back and forth, and gently down to the gumline.
  • Curve the floss around each tooth -- don't forget the backs of teeth. Gently move the floss up and down to dislodge food and bacteria-laden plaque.
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