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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth

Here's what you should do

(HealthDay News) -- You've resolved to take better care of yourself during the coming year. Don't forget your teeth.

The American Dental Association offers this advice:

  • Replace your toothbrush at least every four months, or whenever the bristles start to fray. Store your toothbrush in open air, standing up.
  • Don't shortchange brushing time! Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Brush gently, as vigorous brushing may damage teeth and gums.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth, especially if you eat something highly acidic.
  • Use a soft-bristled brush that's gentler on your teeth and gums.
  • Use the right technique! Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, moving back and forth in gentle, short strokes.
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