This site is being provided as a free service to the community by a general dentist, Arek Balci, D.D.S., to educate the public to obtain and maintain a healthy mouth, and a healthy smile.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH TWICE DAILY
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gumline,
- Move the toothbrush back and forth in a circular motion,
- Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces as well as the back side of the very last teeth,
- For the inner surfaces of the front teeth, hold the toothbrush vertically, and move it up and down,
- Donít forget to brush your tongue as well, each time you brush your teeth.
FLOSS ONCE DAILY
- Snap off approximately 18 inches of floss and wrap the ends around both of your middle fingers,
- Stretch and hold the center portion of the floss between your thumbs and forefingers,
- Gently slide the floss between your teeth and avoid snapping it into the gum, especially if the teeth have tight contacts,
- After the floss passes through the contact and reaches the gum, stretch it tightly against the front tooth and rub the side of the tooth by moving it away from the gum through the contact.† Then, repeat the same procedure with the back tooth as well.
- Donít forget to floss the back side of your last teeth, especially if you have difficulty reaching there with your toothbrush.
SEE A DENTIST ON A REGULAR BASIS & HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS TO SEE A DENTIST:
- Hot or cold sensitivity on your teeth,
- Bleeding or swollen gums,
- Pain or swelling in or around your mouth,
- Bad breath, or bad taste that does not go away,
- To replace fallen out, or old leaky fillings or caps,
- To replace missing teeth,
- To seal the deep grooves of the biting surfaces of back teeth to prevent cavities,
- Dry mouth,
- If you grind your teeth, or have pain or popping around your jaw joint,
- Sore that does not heal, or does not feel right,
- Broken or lose dentures that no longer fit properly,
- You do not like the appearance of your smile or teeth,
- If you use chewing tobacco or other tobacco products,
- If you have oral piercings, e.g. tongue ring, etc.
Even if you are not experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should still see a dentist on regular intervals to prevent problems from developing.
To learn more about maintaining a healthy smile, Dr. Balci recommends visiting www.mouthhealthy.org† brought to you by American Dental Association, and also, talking to your dentist.
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