It’s great that many Canadians are focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but did you realize that a healthy mouth is just as important for a healthy body? Take care of your mouth, because poor oral health can affect a person’s physical, mental and social well-being. For starters, follow these four steps for a healthier, happier mouth:
You might be surprised, but there is actually a right and a wrong way to brush. If you’re going to do a job, you might as well do it right! Next time you brush, pay attention to what you’re doing – the whole routine should take around two minutes. Start off by brushing at a 45-degree angle, and direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down, to get the whole surface of the tooth. You wouldn’t only work out only one part of your body, so remember to mix it up when you brush, so you’re not always missing the same spots. And remember, don’t scrub, or brush too hard – it could result in receding gums. Brushing is important, but the truth is it’s just not enough. Brushing removes germs from teeth, but that accounts for only 25% of your mouth.
Go a step further and floss. This might be the most dreaded step, but if you don’t floss, you’re missing more than a third of your tooth surface. It’s all worth it in the end! The most efficient technique is to slide the floss between your teeth by wrapping it into a C-shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gum line. Wipe the tooth from bottom to top two or three times. Getting into the habit of flossing daily is easier when you floss while doing something else like watching TV or listening to music (so it doesn’t seem like a chore).
You’ve brushed and flossed, but why would you miss the last and easiest step? Especially when it feels so good! Cool down with LISTERINE® Antiseptic and reach all the leftover nooks and crannies. It kills up to 99.9%of the germs in your mouth and prevents plaque and gingivitis. Only an extra 30 seconds of swishing and your mouth will thank you. Now that’s a routine where you’ll see results!
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