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Daily dental care is essential for good oral health.
Everyone should brush his or her teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and evening, or ideally, after every meal. You should brush for two to three minutes. Remember to brush carefully, using a circular rather than side-to-side motion without pressing too hard on the brush. You must brush all sides of each tooth: inner, outer, and in the space between your teeth. To combat bad breath, you should also brush your tongue using a back-and-forth motion. Whether you use a manual or power toothbrush, be sure to choose one with soft bristles. It is important to change your toothbrush or power toothbrush head every three to six months.
In addition to brushing, it is important to use dental floss every night, particularly to remove plaque. When plaque is not removed on a daily basis, it hardens and forms a calcium deposit – or tartar – which accumulates over time. Tartar can trigger gum disease, in which the gums get swollen, turn red, and bleed. This condition develops insidiously over months and even years without causing pain until the gums are seriously affected and the teeth loosen.
Good oral health and regular visits to your dentist are the best ways to prevent complications.