Dental Tips

TOOTH CARE

It took me many years to perfect this technique.

  • Take a daily vitamin supplement, including Vitamin C. Eat fruit, for gum health.
  • If you can’t brush after a meal, rinse your mouth well with warm water.
  • Cut a piece of dental floss (waxed and stretchy) about 28” long. (I suggest this length so mom’s and dad’s hands can help you.)
  • Fold the floss in ½ and put a few knots in it about 3 or 4 inches apart.
  • When you floss, pull the floss back and forth between each tooth to dislodge particles. Do behind your back teeth, too.
  • In addition to flossing, use a candle-decorating tool (found in Army and Navy surplus stores or a hobby shop) to remove plaque.
  • Plaque is common behind the front teeth; because, the glands that secrete plaque-causing grit is up front, under the tongue.
  • Now, brush for 3 minutes around every surface with toothpaste on a soft toothbrush. Hard brushing and scrubbing damages gums. If you tilt your head in various directions, gravity will help you brush well.
  • Brush twice a day (especially after meals).
  • Battery-operated brushes and a 3-minute timer work great!
  • Now, rinse with warm water…then spit.
  • Use of a water pick is very helpful.
  • Follow with mouth wash. Spit. Do Not Swallow.
  • See a dentist regularly. They do a lot better job of cleaning than any of us. They’re cheaper than having dental work done. If you can pay cash, ask for a discount.

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