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Your Oral Health

Tooth Care

Like a car engine, your mouth needs routine maintenance to keep it in top working condition. If you neglect it, things start to go wrong and you'll wind up in a dentist's chair begging the doctor to fix it. Quickly.

Luckily, all you need to do to stay out of the dentist's chair is a little brushing and a little flossing. Just ten minutes out of your day, tops. It's that easy. All you need are the right tools.

How old is your toothbrush? If it dates back to the last century, run, don't walk, to the nearest store and buy a new one. It's a good idea to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. However, if the bristles look worn, replace it right away so you don't hurt your gums.
All toothbrushes are not created equal. Select one with soft, nylon bristles that have round ends for kinder, gentler polishing. Also look for a brush with a small head so you can easily reach every nook and cranny in your mouth. When buying toothpaste, make sure you pick a winner. Look for one with the Canadian Dental Association Seal of Acceptance – your guarantee that it's been proven safe and effective. You may want to keep an extra brush at work (or in your locker if you're a student).

Maintenance Schedule

How long do you spend brushing? Most of us spend less than a minute. To keep your pearly whites both pearly and white, brush them for three or four minutes twice a day using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. That way, you can be sure you won't miss any spots the next time you brush.

Tips for Effective Maintenance

There are many different ways to properly brush your teeth. Since tooth position and gum condition varies from person to person, you should check with your dentist to determine what's best for your mouth. Here are some effective tips to get the job done.

Flossing...A Little Bit of String Goes a Long Way

You can floss before or after brushing, but it is every bit as important as brushing. Flossing gets those areas between the teeth that no toothbrush or rinse can access. Without it, the risk of bad breath and gum disease increases.

Many of us have floss in our cupboards but never use it. By flossing every day, you can keep that nasty plaque from hardening. To help build the habit, try to brush at the same time every day. According to a Johnson & Johnson consumer survey of daily flossers, most find it's easiest to floss right before bed. That way your teeth are nice and clean for the 6-8 hours you're asleep!

It's up to you what kind of floss you use - waxed or unwaxed, flavoured or unflavoured, even high-tech flosses to thoroughly clean those extra-tight spaces. To make the job even easier, you can buy a floss holder that holds floss tight for you.

Prefer to take care of business the old-fashioned way? Here's a sure-fire way to handle your floss and thoroughly clean your teeth:

That's it! You're done. Stick to this routine, and, at your next six-month check-up, your dentist will tell you to smile on.