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Best Way of Taking Care of Your Teeth

Best Way of Taking Care of Your TeethTaking care of your teeth can help ensure you enjoy a lifetime of good dental health. Many common dental conditions, including gum disease and tooth decay, are caused largely by inadequate dental hygiene. Twice daily brushing, daily flossing and regular dental checkups can help you keep your teeth in great shape and protect your dental health.

Proper brushing requires more than a quick swipe of the brush and swish of water. In order to remove plaque, bacteria and food particles that could irritate the gums and contribute to tooth decay, brushing must be done in a specific way. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and then hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums as you begin to move the brush from side to side about the length of one tooth. Brush the surfaces of your teeth, including the inside surfaces, the biting surfaces and the molars. After you have spent about two minutes, or enough time to brush each tooth thoroughly, rinse the toothpaste out of your mouth with fresh water before flossing. Brushing should be performed at least twice a day or after meals.

Flossing should be done daily to remove plaque and particles from between the teeth and along the gumline. Use about 18 inches of floss, and wrap the floss around the index or middle fingers of each hand. Waxed floss is often easier to glide between teeth that are tightly spaced or along gums that are sensitive. Move the floss gently between each set of teeth, and scrape it carefully along the sides of the teeth to remove buildup. Use a fresh section of floss as you move between teeth. If desired or our dentist recommends, use fluoride or antimicrobial mouth rinse after flossing to remove more bacteria.

Contact Dr. Mirani, dentist in Beverly Hills, today to learn more or to schedule your next checkup.

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