Take care of your teeth - follow the recommendations and products below to help.

  • Brush teeth at least 2 times a day.
  • Brush with the toothbrush bristles angling toward the gums (about 45 degree angle) - and brush in small circles, into the gumline. Let the bristles get under the gums to loosen anything there. This will strengthen the gums.
  • Rinse mouth with water after eating or drinking almost anything - even milk will put sugar on your teeth. Or chew a safe sugarless gum - it will help wipe down the teeth, and promote saliva.
  • Floss daily. No toothbrush can clean sufficiently between the teeth. I also use an intersticial brush.
  • Use a good dental mouthwash rinse daily to kill bacteria - it will supplement the flossing and brushing. It is best to get one without alcohol.
  • Eat parsley for your breath.
  • Use a soft or medium toothbrush - not hard as it can push food and bacteria under the gums. Soft is best. You might want to invest in an electric toothbrush, to get a better brushing experience - not everyone does a good enough job with a standard toothbrush.
  • Broxo - healthy teeth and gums since 1959. Prevent & Arrest Gingivitis and Periondontal Disease. - stop bleeding gums.
  • Try oil pulling for overall mouth and tooth health.
  • Change to a new toothbrush every month or two, and after every sickness.
  • Keep your toothbrush in a closed drawer or cabinet - when you flush the toilet, mist sprays out all over the bathroom and can land on your toothbrush - yuck!
  • Drink tap water.
  • Use a tongue scraper to scrape off the layer of bacteria and muck on your tongue. Do this in the evening before going to bed, and you might again in the morning.
  • See your dentist as he recommends - usually at least twice a year. Brush your teeth prior to seeing the dentist, or at least chew sugarless gum so your breath is decent. Blow your nose, too - the dentist has to look at the crud hanging in your nose as he checks on your teeth. You might want to use lip balm prior to going, as well, since your mouth will be kept open for longer than you are used to, and wider - this tends to dry and sometimes crack lips somewhat, so protect them.
  • Occasionally brush with baking soda on your toothbrush instead of toothpaste - it will help clean off plaque deposits.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and do not swallow toothpaste. Read the warnings on fluoride toothpastes - it should raise a flag.
  • Use a healthy toothpaste - no beads, and it is helpful to use tea tree (melaleuca) oil and neem in the toothpaste. SLS isn't good for anyone and it's the artificial foaming agent in many brands of toothpaste. Use harsh whitening toothpaste only occasionally, as the abrasiveness can harm the enamel on your teeth.
  • Do not swallow mouthwash - the alcohol has made many people ill. Use non alcoholic mouthwash.
  • Cut down on sweet and acidic foods, candies and drinks that are both sugary and acidic, such as citrus soda, or lemon drops, etc. These can cause cavities by letting sugar and acid sit on the teeth. Brush after eating or drinking these, but wait 20-30 minutes after eating or drinking as the enamel is softened until then - you can brush away some enamel if you brush while it's soft.
  • If you must eat candy - choose chocolate that melts in your mouth - it doesn't stick to teeth as badly as hard candies, sticky candies, acidic candies, etc. Rather than prolong a bag of party or Halloween candy, try to eat it quickly and throw the rest away - then brush very well. Daily exposure to candy or sugar or acid is not good - but just take care of your teeth.
  • For bleeding or painful gums - brush extra well in the gum line area - don't stress out about the bleeding or pain - it's ok and necessary. There is build-up in the gum area that needs to be cleaned up, and your gums need to be strengthened by exercising them. You will need to get your teeth cleaned by a dentist, but you can help with the pain while you wait by brushing well, and by running a wooden toothpick (round toothpick, pointy end hit down to make more blunt) along the gum line, into the pocket, and using it to somewhat scrape and clean the tooth area of the gum line. This helps strengthen the gums and yes - it is painful at first, but it gets better after a week or two. It can help the pain at the dentist office when you go in for a cleaning, and your gums may not bleed as badly.
  • Make sure to air your toothbrush - don't keep it airtight - it can get moldy or grow bacteria.
  • Eat a healthy diet, full of nutrition.


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