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Good oral health is linked to your overall health

The health of your mouth is linked to the health of your entire body. Dentists often find clues / indicators to other diseases in the mouth and encourage you to see your doctor... so get in the habit of brushing twice per day and floss before bedtime. You only see your dentist twice a year so it's up to you to keep your mouth clean.

Proper Brushing Techniques

Proper tooth brushing includes five things: A soft toothbrush, toothpaste with fluoride, brushing long enough, the correct brushing action and brushing at least twice a day.

When you brush is important too. Brushing after breakfast cleans away the morning's food debris and brushing before bedtime protects your teeth all night.

Talk to your dentist about techniques for better brushing and you'll enjoy a cleaner, fresher, healthier mouth.

Proper Flossing Techniques

Daily use of dental floss is a significant step to keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Flossing is necessary to remove the plaque and bacteria between your teeth where the bristles of your toothbrush simply can't reach.

Don't forget to wind the floss to a fresh section and gradually work your way around the mouth cleaning both sides of every tooth.

Tell your dentist if your teeth are too tight to floss or if the floss catches or tears. This indicates there may be problems in your mouth that need to be fixed.

Let your dentist know if you have any questions about flossing. They will be happy to recommend the best floss for you and offer tips for keeping your gums and teeth healthy.