How to care your teeth

1.Brush each morning and each evening. When you brush you should do so for at least two minutes.

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2.Use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride protects the enamel and makes you less likely to get cavities. But it is important that the toothpaste have enough fluoride to be effective.

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3.Floss daily. Flossing cleans the surfaces between your teeth. This is important because you can’t clean there effectively with your toothbrush. As a result, if you don’t floss, food, plaque, and bacteria build up there.

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4.Use mouthwash. Look for a mouthwash that has fluoride in it. If you use a fluoride mouthwash after brushing and flossing, this will help the fluoride reach the enamel of all surfaces of your teeth. Swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for two minutes to allow it to thoroughly coat all areas of your teeth.

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5.Brush or scrape your tongue. The surface of your tongue is uneven. This means that food particles and bacteria often get trapped there. This then becomes a source of bacteria which gets transferred to your teeth.

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6.Don’t smoke. Smoking will stain your teeth yellow, give you bad breath, and make you more likely to get gum disease or mouth cancers.

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7.Limit your sugar consumption. Sugar erodes the enamel on your teeth because as it breaks down, it produces acid which wears away your enamel. This makes you more likely to get cavities and tooth decay.

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8.Eat less sticky foods. These foods leave a thin layer of sugar on your teeth which is difficult to remove and increases your risk of tooth decay.

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9.Let the dentist polish your teeth. For best long-term results, you should have your teeth examined and cleaned twice a year.

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10.Get protective treatments. These treatments make your teeth less vulnerable to decay.

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