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What are some basic oral care tips?

You can practice good oral hygiene by scheduling regular dental visits and by always brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.
Anyone who cares about his or her oral health should follow two basic rules:
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Floss every day. It doesn't matter if you use waxed, unwaxed, or mint-flavored -- just be sure to floss regularly.
In addition, keep the following in mind:
  • Replace your toothbrush when the bristles fray or flatten, or at least every three or four months.
  • If you have trouble flossing, ask your dentist about using another type of interdental cleaner, such as brushes and picks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
  • Ask your dentist about using mouth rinses and other oral care products.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.