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How do I practice good oral hygiene at home?

A boy brushing his teeth

Here are some tips for practising good oral hygiene at home:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in circular motions, making sure to brush the fronts, backs, and tops of your teeth.

  2. Floss daily. Use about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers. Gently guide the floss between your teeth, using a back-and-forth motion.

  3. Rinse with mouthwash. Mouthwash can help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

  4. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

  5. Avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, as these can contribute to tooth decay.

  6. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, as these habits can lead to a variety of dental and health problems.

  7. Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. This will help catch any potential problems early and allow for timely treatment.

By following these tips, you can help maintain good oral hygiene and keep your mouth healthy.


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