Health: Brush up on dental care basics Think you know about brushing and flossing methods Know the fundamentals and what you could do to promote health. By Mayo Clinic Staff Your smile and your general health depend on dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing.
Brushing for oral health starts with teeth. While maintaining your enamel surfaces clean helps you stave off cavities and gum disease gum disease can be prevented by Maintaining the area where your teeth meet your teeth clean. Consider these brushing basics: Brush your teeth. Do not rush, when you brush.
Do not brush after eating, particularly if you had something acidic such as soda or grapefruit. Don't forget to clean your tonguewhich harbors bacteria. Use the proper equipment. Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that suits your mouth.