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Do or Don't brush your teeth

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene and overall health. Here are some important points regarding brushing your teeth

Do brush your teeth:

  1. Brush at least twice a day: Brushing your teeth in the morning and before bed helps remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.                             

  2. Use a fluoride toothpaste: Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. Look for toothpaste with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.                                                         

  3. Brush for two minutes: Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth to ensure you thoroughly clean all surfaces, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.                                                                     

  4. Use proper technique: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use gentle, circular motions. Pay attention to all areas of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, and tongue.                                               

  5. Replace your toothbrush regularly: Toothbrushes wear out over time and become less effective at cleaning. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.                 

  6. Consider using an electric toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes can be more effective at removing plaque than manual toothbrushes, as they provide consistent brushing motion.

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Don't neglect brushing your teeth, as it can lead to the following harms:

  1. Tooth decay: Plaque buildup can lead to cavities and tooth decay, which can cause pain and require dental treatment.                   

  2. Gum disease: Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to gum inflammation and infection, resulting in gum disease. This condition can cause gum recession, tooth loss, and may contribute to other health issues.                       

  3. Bad breath: Poor oral hygiene can result in bad breath, also known as halitosis. Regular brushing helps remove bacteria and food particles that cause odor.                                    

  4. Stained teeth: Neglecting to brush your teeth can lead to the accumulation of stains caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco use, resulting in a less attractive smile.                     

In addition to regular brushing, it's important to maintain other aspects of oral hygiene, such as flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. These practices help ensure optimal oral health and prevent dental problems.

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