There's no shortcut to oral health. Setting aside a few minutes at both ends of our day to brush and floss your teeth is the only way to maintain your smile. "There are dental implants to be sure, but you're not going to get a chance at another set of teeth," says Richard H. Price, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association. "This is it."
Over time, our dental education tends to fade from memory (what is fluoride again?) so it's important to remind yourself how critical caring for your mouth is and how painful oral issues can be. Here are 10 ways to keep your teeth healthy so that you can keep them as long as possible.
Don't Blame Your Brush
Try not to be wooed by the whirring, purring vibrations of the electric toothbrush. These bells and whistles are no more effective than a good old fashioned manual scrub. “It’s not so much the brush as the brusher," says Price. "I use both." If you're worried that you're missing some of the hard to reach spots, ask your dentist if they notice any difference when you switch up brush types.
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