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Don't rush your brush

How well you brush your teeth is more important than how often you brush. Remember it's the spots you miss where the problems start. Here's five tips to improve your brushing:
  1. Take the time to carefully and gently clean each tooth, ideally twice a day. The average person brushes for less than 35 seconds. A good brushing takes at least two to three minutes. Quick tip: Keep brushing for as long as a song.
  2. Be gentle, particularly when cleaning where the gums meet the teeth. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline, and gently work the bristles back and forth using short strokes. Don't forget to brush your tongue, too.
  3. Use a soft toothbrush which is less likely to damage your teeth and gums. Choose a size and shape that enables you to easily reach every tooth.
  4. Be sure to change your toothbrush frequently. Every three months is recommended; more often if you've been ill. Quick tip: New season - New toothbrush.
  5. Remember to floss too, since no amount of careful brushing, can clean between your teeth!
Let's face it - many people are still not flossing. This is a big problem if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life. Flossing at least once a day cleans between the teeth and under the gumline where your toothbrush can't reach and where most cavities and gum disease start. If you're not flossing, you're missing 35% of every tooth.
If you haven't flossed recently, it'll take a while before flossing becomes an automatic part of your daily routine.

Quick tip
Floss every night before you brush, for maximum benefit.
But soon your teeth won't feel clean without it. Don't worry if at first flossing causes slight bleeding, but if the bleeding continues for more than ten days, contact your dentist.

Here's how to floss
Carefully ease the floss between the teeth, right down to the gumline. Gently wipe plaque from both sides of adjacent teeth. The goal is to arc the floss in a "C" shape following the contours of each tooth.

Quick tip
Beginners should start with waxed shred-resistant floss because it slides between the teeth more easily.

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