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.
Target Your Gums
“Down on the uppers and up on the lowers,” or so the old saying went. Then came the itty-bitty circles method that had us awkwardly pushing big brushes across our small teeth in fast loops. Now, Price says the best way to brush is whatever gets at your gum line because that’s where plaque lingers. (So technically, it’s more like up on the uppers and down on the lowers for anyone keeping track.) Make extra sure you’re getting the tongue-side of your bottom teeth, too. Price says it's a key spot people often neglect.
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