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7 Oral Health Tips from the Mouths of Dental Hygienists

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Your dentist’s name may be up on the wall or on the outside sign at the dental office, but the hygienists are the ones on the front lines doing a lot of the heavy lifting…err, cleaning, and have a lot of great advice to give to help keep your mouth in check.

They see a lot of teeth during a typical week, along with every problem in the book, so that’s why you should follow their advice—especially since it’s National Dental Hygienists Week. Here are seven pieces of advice from hygienists to brush up on…

1. You’re Probably Holding Your Brush Wrong

KnowYourTeeth.com says you should be holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums, not flat against them. Instead of going for long sweeping motions of the brush, you should make short tooth-length passes in a gentle fashion, adds the source.

Make sure you get all the surfaces of the tooth—the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces, it adds. “Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke,” suggests the source.

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