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It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each with fluoride toothpaste, especially if you have diabetes.
People with diabetes are at greater risk for some oral health problems. Gum disease is one of those problems; gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Brushing, as well as flossing and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings, will help prevent plaque build in and prevent gum disease.
A toothbrush can only clean one or two teeth at a time. Allow about three minutes of brushing to clean all your teeth well:
- Use a brush with soft bristles and rounded ends. Soft bristles are less likely to hurt your gums.
- Angle the brush against the gum line, where teeth and gums meet.
- Move the brush back and forth with short strokes. Use a gentle, scrubbing motion.
- Brush the outside surfaces of the teeth. Do the same for the backs of the teeth and chewing surfaces.
- Brush the rough surface of your tongue to remove germs and freshen your breath.
- Remember to brush your gums too.
- Get a new toothbrush when the bristles are worn or bent, about every 3-4 months.
Brushing your teeth twice a day is important for everyone. The best way to brush your teeth is to brush each tooth surface, clean in between all the teeth, and then stimulate the gum tissue around each tooth. Cleaning your teeth like this helps to disrupt the plaque and bacteria that continually form on the teeth and gums. These bacteria are a natural part of the mouth and will form even if you don't eat any food. Set up the best times during the day to brush your teeth. Make these times a habit. Allow from 2 to 3 minutes to brush your teeth to make sure they are all clean. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months so you have a good cleaning utensil for brushing your teeth.
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