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How Often Should I Brush and Floss My Teeth?

Brushing and flossing your teeth are two of the most important things you can do to maintain good oral health. But how often should you be doing it? Here’s what you need to know:

Brushing: Most dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. It’s best to brush after meals, especially if you’ve had sugary or acidic foods and drinks. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and be gentle when brushing to avoid damaging your teeth and gums. Remember, hard brushing is a no no!

Flossing: Flossing is just as important as brushing, as it helps to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline. It’s recommended to floss at least once a day, preferably before bed.

Use about 30cms of floss and wrap it around your fingers, gently sliding it between each tooth in a C-shaped motion.

If you have braces or other orthodontic appliances, you may need to floss more often and use special tools to reach between the wires and brackets.

Other Considerations: In addition to brushing and flossing, there are other things you can do to maintain good oral health. Using an alcohol-free mouthwash (such as Savacol) can help to kill bacteria and freshen your breath, but it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing. Eating a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can also help to promote oral health and prevent tooth decay.

It’s also important to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can provide advice on how to maintain good oral health and detect any issues early before they become more serious.

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