How to take good care of your teeth

Your adult teeth are meant to last you for the rest of your life so you should be taking care of them. There are many ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy. For starters, brushing your teeth after every meal as well as after eating anything too sugary will help cut down on cavities. Your toothbrush should be large for adult and small for a child.

Hard bristles are hard on the gums so you will want your toothbrush to have medium or soft bristles. When you put toothpaste on the toothbrush, it should be the size of a lima bean. For children, the toothpaste drop should be the size of a pea. Start by brushing your molars, top, and bottom.

Then brush the sides of your teeth, this will be the easiest part. Make sure you get all of them if you have wisdom teeth brush them as much as you can. You should be able to brush all sides of your teeth in 3 minutes, minimum.

Next, comes flossing. You will need a piece of floss about a foot long. Wrap about an inch of one end around one finger and an inch of the other end around another finger on the opposite hand. Starting at the back and working your way forward, push the piece of floss between your teeth.

When it reaches the gums pull it back up and move on. This will remove plaque and bits of food from between your teeth. When you have finished flossing your teeth you can throw the floss away.

After flossing you can use mouthwash if you want to. It is not nessecary but helps reduse plaque buildup and gum disease. Mouthwash can be bought in most supermarket in the toothpaste aisle. Fill the cap 3/4 full of the mouthwash. DO NOT SWALLOW MOUTHWASH!!!! This could be extremely painful and dangerous. Swish it around in your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds. Spit and rinse.

There are other ways to clean your teeth on top of brushing. Using baking soda, do not confuse it with baking powder, will whiten your teeth. Pour about a Tablespoon of baking soda into a small bowl. Wet your toothbrush under water and coat in the soda.

This method tastes absolutely horrible but it works. Brush your teeth the same way you would with toothpaste. Don’t swallow the soda!!! When you have finished, you only need about a minute to brush, spit out the soda, and rinse your mouth out thoroughly. You may want to brush with toothpaste again afterward.

Normal household salt can also be used to clean teeth and keep gums healthy. Follow the directions for brushing with soda above only this time use salt. This too has a horrible taste.

If you have a cut or inflammation in your mouth you should gargle with salt water. This helps keep the cut clean and reduces bacteria. Put 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and stir. Follow the same directions as with the mouthwash.

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