BRUSH WITH GREATNESS
It all starts with the toothbrush
. Chompers should be brushed at least twice daily, early AM and prior to bed ideally. Doing so will help eliminate the bacteria, germs and plaque that can cause decay and bad breath. When brushing, don't rush. About two minutes should do the trick.• Tools:
Employ a toothpaste that contains fluoride (prevents tooth decay) and a soft-bristled toothbrush
. The use of an electric toothbrush
is often a bonus, as these tools can be more powerful (still gentle) and can really massage the gum area.• Technique:
The toothbrush (no matter the type) should be held at a slight angle against teeth and moved back-and-forth with short strokes. It’s very important to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of teeth and to not ignore the ‘ole tongue,
which houses a ton of germs/bacteria.• Buy Another:
Invest in a new brush every couple of months or sooner if the bristles become damaged, you drop it in the toilet or it goes unprotected on the road.
FLOSS WITH FINESSE
Simple brushing isn’t enough to keep a mouth in check. A guy’s gotta’ floss as well to reach the tight spaces between teeth and under the gum line. Flossing
is a lot like fungi… it grows on you. Initially, it’s a pain, but after a while it's simple and a joy (OK... that may be pushing it).• Proper Length:
Cleanly break off about 18 inches of floss
(you get like a football field’s worth per box). • Technique:
Wind most of the floss around the pointer finger on one hand and the rest around a finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch or so to floss with. Use the thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gum line to the top of the tooth, easily scraping off nasty plaque as you go. Rub the floss against all sides of each tooth, before unwinding to fresh floss.
OTHER ORAL OPTIONS
Antimicrobial or antiseptic mouth rinses
are recommended daily to help reduce plaque and kill germs (which often lead to kicking breath). Not a substitute for daily brushing. • Oral Irrigators/WaterPiks:
Awkward-looking tool aims a strong stream of water at teeth/gums to help remove bacteria, while massaging and stimulating gums. An ideal solution for those with braces and other dental work that often causes flossing challenges. • Dental Cleansing Systems:
Dentures, retainers, mouth guards and other appliances get dirty and need to be cleaned just like dirty dishes. These cleansing systems
are like a mini-dishwasher for the bathroom and will keep expensive appliances fresh and sanitized.
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