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Oral Care Tips

Protect and improve your pout with tips and tricks from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen.

One of the most common dream themes is losing your teeth. We want to help you avoid this real-life nightmare. You know the basics—brushing flossing, seeing your dentist. But we have some more detailed steps that will ensure your smile is healthy and beautiful.

Take Two
Two minutes is all you need to spend brushing your teeth to adequately clean away plaque. Use a soft brush and rub the bristles toward the upper gums, so you can get to the actual cusps. Change your brush every two months. Sonic brushes have great plaque-fighting abilities. Many cultures believe that massaging your gums with your fingers helps prevent periodontal disease.

Sonic brushes produce over 30,000 brushstrokes per minute (compared to the 5,000 of typical electric ones). They spray into crevices to clean where bristles can’t. To use one, follow these steps:

  • Wet the bristles and apply a small amount of toothpaste.
  • Place the bristles at a slight angle toward the gum line. Power up.
  • Apply slight pressure, but let the brush do most of the work.
  • Gently brush the head slowly across the teeth in back-and-forth motions, so the longer bristles reach between your teeth.
  • Do the outside top teeth, inside top, outside bottom and inside bottom each for 30 seconds. Move to the chewing surfaces and anywhere else with stains. Briefly brush your tongue to combat bad breath.
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Oral Care Tips

Get Between the Cracks
When you don’t floss, you’re not cleaning 40 percent of your teeth. And still, 80 percent of people don’t floss. Dentists even consider flossing more crucial for preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease. You’ve got to know how to do it though!

Here’s the right way: The floss should barely pass between each tooth and should gently touch the gums. Try the thicker or waxed varieties. If your floss breaks, you may want to have your dentist file down the “contact points” between your teeth. What not to do: Jam it between teeth, which causes gums to bleed.

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Think About Your Own Alignment
You can improve your jaw health and reduce teeth problems by thinking more about your mouth. Here are some adjustments you can make to your alignment...

  • Only touch your teeth together when you eat. Keeping your tongue between your teeth will prevent clenching (and the grinding and aching associated with stress).
  • Stand tall. Improved posture will better your back, strengthen core muscles and make you look thinner... And it will also naturally correct your jaw alignment!
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