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Dental Care Tips For Healthier Smiles

Brush Better: Tips For Better Dental Care

Brush, swish, spit. If that's your dental routine, you may want to revise it. While a little brush is better than no brush at all, there are a few simple tactics that one can employ for a whiter and brighter smile. Do your pearly whites a favor and heed some of this advice from Dr. Jonathan Levine. Your smile will thank you.

  • Brush your teeth right when you wake up. Plaque and bacteria accumulate overnight, which is why it's important to floss and brush right away.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking acidic foods and beverages. If you brush too soon after consuming acidic foods or drinks, you can harm the tooth enamel.
  • Brush at least twice a day, if not more.
  • If you only have time to floss or use mouthwash, choose flossing.
  • Only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months.
  • Use a mouthwash to reduce plaque buildup.
  • If you have the funds to purchase one, buy an ultrasonic toothbrush.

Do you have any tips to share on dental care?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
My dentist told me NOT to brush more than twice a day. I have sensitive gums and she said that overbrushing can erode my gum tissue and possibly the enamel on my teeth. I only brush once or twice a day and I have great teeth. I also use an alcohol-free mouthwash that doesn't dry my mouth out.
bisou002 bisou002 5 years
Didn't I just read a post about the harmful effects of mouthwash...?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Reconsider the mouthwash tip. The alcohol content may cause more harm than good. That's what my dentist told me.
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