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Friday, January 11, 2013

Good Dental Hygiene Tips

Dental hygiene is crucial to maintaining a healthy and attractive smile. Here are the basics: Brush your teeth twice a day. Floss once a day. Make your semi-annual dental cleanings.

But if you want to become a dental hygiene ninja, here are some more advanced techniques on the path to oral purity.

First, examine your dental grip. Make sure you are holding the brush at a 45-degree angle for the outside of your teeth, a horizontal grip for the chewing surfaces, and a vertical hold for brushing the inside of your teeth.
Don’t skimp on your brushing time. Take at least two minutes, twice a day.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper—this can be a haven for bacteria and food particles.  Remember to brush/scrape from the back of your tongue to the front.

Rinse your teeth with water after consuming acidic foods and beverages. Wait half an hour after rinsing before you brush—this will allow your dental enamel to rebound from the acid, which softens it, and will reduce dental erosion.

When flossing, make sure to curve the dental floss around the teeth on either side of the gap.
For more dental hygiene tips or to make a regular cleaning appointment, please contact Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles in Edmonton, Alberta.

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