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Almost everyone has their own share of childhood tooth-y story. Parents have their own unique way of encouraging their children how to take care of their teeth - from exaggerated stories to imaginary characters (hello, tooth fairy). However, encouraging children to take care of their teeth is actually a good thing to do because it’s a good idea to start practicing personal dental care at an early age. Perhaps the most basic thing that almost everyone knows about personal dental care is brushing.

 Brushing one’s teeth after every meal is considered as the most basic step for personal dental care. A lot of people may think that brushing one’s teeth is just plain brushing; what most people don’t know is that there is a proper way to brush one’s teeth. Brushing one’s teeth effectively does not involve freestyle strokes. If you are one of the many people who do not know the proper strokes of brushing, a visit to the dentist would be the solution to your problem.

 Brush your teeth at least two times a day although there are some people who believe that it is necessary to brush one’s teeth three times a day or after every meal, most dentists would recommend that teeth should be brushed at least two times a day. There are even cases when dentist would discourage their patients from brushing more than two times a day, especially for those people who are experiencing discomfort from sensitive teeth.

Some people can even afford to get through a day without actually brushing their teeth. If you are one of the many individuals who think that eating mentholated candies, gargling mouthwash, or flossing can equal to brushing, you might need to change your approach to your personal dental care routine. Eating candies to hide the scent of what you just ate during your latest meal is definitely not a good idea. Sure, it would be excusable if you just did it once or twice, or during an emergency, but if you are guilty of doing it regularly, you are actually doing more harm than good to your teeth. Eating candies and other sweets to compensate the lack of brushing may just infuse more cavities to your teeth. You may not see the harmful results of this horrible "dental care" right away, but in the long run, you will surely find yourself regretting why you let your teeth fall into the traps of candies and sweets.

Substituting brushing with a simple mouthwash gargle session in the bathroom may seem to save you a lot of precious work time, but in reality, you are just putting your teeth (and mouth) in jeopardy. Mouthwashes are made to enhance the cleanliness of your teeth, not to substitute tooth brushing. Simply gargling with mouthwash won’t thoroughly cleanse your mouth. Sure, your mouth may feel fresh and clean after you gargle with mouthwash, but if a microscope would be placed in your mouth (especially in between your teeth), you may just end up being disgusted with what you see. Achieving a healthy personal dental care routine is important because it will surely make or break your smile. Don’t neglect your teeth because they make up an important part of your face.