|Your teeth are in large part the focal point of your |
entire face, so keeping teeth and gums healthy
deserves your attention. In that spirit, consider
* While brushing your teeth is essential to maintaining
oral health, overbrushing can do more harm than good.
Using a hard-bristle toothbrush or applying too much
pressure when brushing can cause gums to become
irritated and recede.
* To keep gums in tip-top shape, use a soft bristle
brush and work in up-and-down strokes, focusing on
one quarter of the jaw at a time.
* A late-model high-quality electric toothbrush can go a
long way toward not just keeping your teeth clean and
removing plaque but also massaging your gums.
* Many health-conscious people find that safely
combining flossing with some other activity helps them
work this important task into their busy schedules
(listening to a daily newscast, for example). As a sign
seen in a dentist's office reads, "You don't have to floss
all your teeth - just the ones you want to keep!"
* Speaking of dentists, it's a good idea to avoid the
temptation to put off regular check-ups, scheduling at
least two each year. Make your appointment for the
next visit each time you go in. Immediately jot it
down on your calendar.
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