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How does not brushing, flossing, or rinsing properly cause dental problems?

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Some people brush, floss, and rinse their teeth regularly, but not often enough. You should aim to brush twice a day, and be sure to replace your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three or four months.

Flossing teeth should be done daily, too. If you aren't sure if you floss properly -- and dentists say many people aren’t -- ask your dentist or your hygienist for a demonstration on your next visit.

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Richard Price, DMD, spokesperson, American Dental Association.

American Dental Association: "Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene)."

"Dental Products for Home Use."

WebMD: "Sipping Soda Through a Straw May Cut Cavities."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 15, 2018

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