July 9, 2008
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.