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Tooth Brush

By taking care of your teeth, you can ensure that they last a lifetime. Tooth decay is the number one reason for tooth loss, along with gum disease. Infrequent brushing can cause tooth decay, plaque and tartar build up, and periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. A simple tooth brush can be your best bet in keeping these ailments away, providing you with healthy teeth and gums. Cavities are caused when the enamel on your teeth wears away. Often dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste for the best protection of your teeth. Some mouth rinses now also provide fluoride and can assist in keeping your teeth healthy.

Most dentists suggest selecting a soft bristled tooth brush which will not cause injury to sensitive gums. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist to demonstrate the best way to brush your teeth. Many people are brushing the wrong way and think they are cleaning their teeth well, when in fact they may be injuring their gums and wearing down the enamel on their teeth. Using small round motions and shorter strokes will provide the best cleaning. It is recommended that you use your tooth brush twice daily for at least two minutes. Flossing is also necessary for those hard to reach places, in between teeth. Bristles of a brush are just not long enough to reach between the teeth and thoroughly clean them.

Many styles of tooth brushes are offered. Select a tooth brush that best fits your needs. There are soft, medium, and hard bristled brushes, along with straight or curved handles. There are inexpensive battery operated brushes that will provide a circular motion for you. The pricier tooth brushes offer a sonic wave which will help knock off tartar and plaque that has attached to the teeth. These often come with built in two minute timers ensuring that you've brushed for the appropriate amount of time. No matter which tooth brush you decide to go with, you can't go wrong with regular brushing along with regular check ups.