Wellness

What our mouth tells us about the health of the rest of our body

Dr. Janet Tamo shares her tips for getting the cleanest mouth and why it's so important to floss regularly.

More tips from Dr. Janet:
– Brush at least two minutes at a time at least twice a day
– Most people brush too hard
– You need to be mindful when you’re brushing so you don’t do damage
– Electric toothbrushes remove twice as much plague as manual toothbrushes
– Studies have shown people typically only brush for 30 seconds
– Not flossing misses 1/3 of the tooth’s surface
– Plague accumulates within 24 hours and build-up results in hardened bacteria. Once it’s hardened it needs to be scraped off by the hygienist.
– Prevention, prevention and prevention are the three most important steps to taking care of your teeth. Brush, floss and mouthwash are key.
– A child should start going to the dentist by age one.

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