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Tips to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime

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These tips from LISTERINE® can help you to improve your oral hygiene so you can have a healthier smile – and keep your teeth healthy into old age.

© Jupiter Images, Getty Images Stick to the two-minute rule

The NHS recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for about two minutes to keep your teeth healthy. Cover the outer, inner and biting surfaces, giving equal time to each tooth surface. If you’re not sure you can get the timing right, invest in an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.

Commit to better cleaning

While brushing is essential, regular flossing helps to remove plaque that forms under the gum line that brushing misses. Getting into flossing on a regular basis may reduce gum disease, so make a habit of cleaning between your teeth daily. If you find using conventional floss tricky, try flossers or interdental brushes.

Resolve to rinse regularly

Using an antibacterial mouthwash can help to kill the bacteria that can cause bad breath. while mouthwashes containing fluoride can help to prevent tooth decay. So make using mouthwash an indispensable part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

Eat for your teeth

Be kind to your teeth and eat fewer sugary snacks, even when you're under stress. Avoid brushing your teeth for at least an hour after eating or drinking anything acidic, such as orange juice or fruit. Being exposed to acids in food and drink is thought to soften your teeth's enamel, so if you brush immediately afterwards, it could increase the chance of dental erosion.

Make prevention a priority

As a result of the latest NICE guidelines on recall intervals between check-ups, you may no longer enjoy six-monthly dental check-ups if you have good oral health. That means it's more important than ever to practise effective oral health behaviours at home to prevent any problems developing between visits to your dentist. So make brushing for the recommended amount of time, flossing and rinsing daily, and eating a tooth-friendly diet – as well as seeing your dentist and hygienist as regularly as they recommend – a priority.

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