March is Oral Health Month
Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Studies also suggest that oral bacteria might play a role in some diseases.
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile, here are some recommendations:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
2. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
3. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
4. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
5. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
6. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
7. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.