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Friday, February 20, 2009

Proper Oral Hygiene

Here are two simple tips to proper oral hygiene:

1. Always brush your tongue for at least a minute when brushing your teeth.

Did you ever eat a piece of chocolate and then brushed your teeth after. I bet you were still spitting chocolate for a good 30 minutes after. Why? Your tongue will have left over food and bacteria on it from your meal. Get in the habit of brushing your tongue for a least a minute and I bet you won't have any cavities. You might want to get your kids in the habit at a very young age.

2. "Sweep" don't "Scour" when brushing your teeth.

Many people associate brushing their teeth to scouring a dirty pan. The harder we brush, the better. Not good at all. Brushing too hard will cause your gums to bleed and recede, and this will lead to tooth sensitivity. Think of brushing your teeth like sweeping the floor: gently, firm and with long strokes. If you have sensitive teeth, try brushing this way for a couple of weeks and you will notice a huge difference.

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