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Best Life: Give your dental routine a makeover

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 8:32 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- You’ve probably been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember. But your dental routine might need a makeover.

Back and forth, up and down and all around! A good brushing routine keeps your mouth and gums healthy! But are you doing it right?

“Patients would constantly come in with poor oral hygiene,” stated orthodontist Lawrence Hier, DDS, MS.

About 78 percent of all Americans will have at least one cavity by the time they’re 17. And about 80 percent of the U.S. population has some form of gum disease. To avoid these issues, the American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Most adults should use a toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristle brush.

“We always advise people to use soft toothbrushes, and that’s mainly because of gum tissue. We don’t want people to brush too hard and cause a recession of gum tissue,” continued Hier.

For a better clean, start with a mouth rinse and floss before you brush. This ensures that the toothpaste will get between your teeth. Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum and brush in a circular motion into the gum. Don’t forget to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your mouth, including your tongue. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or if it looks overused. And if you’re in a hurry and have to pick one, it’s more important to floss than to brush!

The Academy of General Dentistry reports that the average person only brushes for 45 seconds to 70 seconds a day, when you should brush your teeth for a full two minutes. And the ADHA says that 75 percent of Americans use their toothbrushes longer than they should. Also, for those who use an electric toothbrush, studies say an electric toothbrush can remove 21 percent more plaque than a manual toothbrush.

Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; and Roque Correa, Editor.

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