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Brushing your teeth is the should be the foundation of your oral health regimen. It is the first and best way to remove the plaque, food debris and bacteria that can lead to gum disease, and tooth decay and loss.

When brushing your teeth, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the fronts, backs and chewing and biting surfaces of your teeth. To reach the insides of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush at vertically, and use short up-and-down strokes. Since your tongue harbors a great deal of bacteria that can cause bad breath, you should also brush your tongue. Start at the back of your tongue and work your way forward. Include the sides of your tongue when you brush.

You should brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day. If you wear braces, you should brush after every meal since food debris can be caught in your braces. When you brush after you eat, wait thirty minutes after your meal to give the saliva in your mouth time to wash away the acids left by your food.

Brushing and flossing are fundamental parts of good oral health. But, no matter conscientious you are about your daily dental regimen, you should always see your dentist every six months for your regular cleaning. Your dentist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth that you may have missed while brushing, and to examine your teeth and mouth for cavities, dental erosion, gum disease, and oral cancer. If you live in the Arden, North Carolina, area and would like to make an appointment to visit with our dentist, Dr. Joseph Younger, call Arden Dental Group at 828-684-9260.