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Each and every day is an opportunity to maintain and improve your dental health and hygiene. Big improvements can made in a short period of time when you take action and start following a better routine and regimen for your teeth and your overall dental health.

It's a multi-step program though that includes several important tasks, including one you're almost surely not doing right now -- even if you otherwise consider yourself on top of your dental hygiene!A woman brushing her teeth

1. Brushing - The health of your teeth certainly begins with brushing, although it doesn't end there, as you'll see below. Still, brushing at least twice per day is a crucial element of your dental health, and it shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, it's actually recommended that you brush three times per day. Don't forget to cover all of the surfaces and sides of all of your teeth. Keep in mind that effective, thorough brushing should take between two and three minutes.

2. Flossing - Do you know why most patients hate it when the dentists clean and floss their teeth? It's because they don't regularly floss at home! When flossing is a regular part of your dental routine, pain, bleeding and irritation from the process will be quickly eliminated. Meanwhile, you'll be amazed at how much healthier your teeth and gums will be, and how much hidden plaque and debris you remove from in between your teeth each day.

3. Mouthwash - Most people these days understand how important mouthwash can be for your dental hygiene. Even with thorough brushing and flossing, there are places you simply can't get to, surfaces too small or too far removed, and more. Using a  is a great way to round out your game plan for dental hygiene. It's important to use a product such as Listerine, for instance, as opposed to a mouthwash which is purely "cosmetic" -- meaning it just addresses fresh breath without killing bacteria and germs.

4. Brush Your Tongue - Here's the hidden step that you probably aren't currently doing, even if you regularly practice steps 1-3 above. Brushing your tongue as you brush your teeth will remove trapped bacteria from the surface of your gum, along with other germs, and will also markedly freshen your breath, an added bonus of course. There are also special tongue scrapers you can purchase, and many tooth brushes today come with specially designed surfaces which are effective for tongue brushing.

Brush, floss, mouthwash, and brush your tongue, and you'll be displaying tip-top dental health and hygiene in no time at all.




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