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I know I should ...

We all have lots of excuses why we don't brush three times a day and floss at night. But, no matter what your age, it's never too early or too late to start good dental health habits. And, like all habits (good and bad), once you start, it will soon become part of your daily routine. Here are some suggestions on how you can take better care of your teeth:

  • Use a good quality toothbrush with soft, rounded–end bristles and change it every two to three months or sooner if the bristles get worn or bent. Also, use a new toothbrush if you have just gotten over a cold.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride, and ask your dentist if you should use one with tartar control.
  • Try keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste at work so that you can brush after lunch.
  • Make flossing part of your night–time routine. .
  • Chew Xylitol–sweetened chewing gum to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
  • What you eat also affects your dental health. Chew only sugarless gum, and try to stay away from sugar candy. Sucking on hard candy is like giving your teeth a bath in sugar—so, if you do, try to brush afterwards.

Of course you can't go through life avoiding everything that causes tooth decay, but you can try to develop good habits that help prevent cavities and gum disease. After all, don't you want your teeth to last a lifetime?


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