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DUBAI – Did you know that not brushing your teeth right can do as much damage as not brushing your teeth at all?
Dubai-based dentist Dr. Fazleen Rafeek of Right Health-Karama Medical Centre said using the proper technique in brushing your teeth can help you preserve your pearly whites. Watch the video here:
“Brushing your teeth helps remove plaque and bacteria that can form on teeth and around the gumline,” Dr. Rafeek told Expatmedia.net.
When plaque is not removed regularly, this can cause cavities, tooth decay and other disease.
So how do you keep your smile healthy?
Start with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, using gentle downward strokes starting from your gumline to get rid of any trapped plaque or food debris.
“The actual debris is in your gums,” Dr. Rafeek said, adding that dental scaling is recommended at least every six months to remove any plaque or tartar build-up.
“Using gentle rotations with your toothbrush is also fine, but make sure the bristles get into the gums to brush off any debris,” she said.
Don’t forget to brush the inner surface of your teeth, too. “Use upward, vertical strokes from the gumline to brush off any food debris,” Dr. Rafeek advised.
She also advised residents to keep hydrated during the summer, saying “dehydration causes a lot of dental issues”.
For your dental health, the biggest problem is having a dry mouth. This is because your teeth and gums depend on saliva to help keep them healthy. “So drink plenty of water,” Dr. Rafeek said. PIA/Expat Media
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