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Dentists have recommendations for new year

oral health This year, the Washington State Dental Association encourages you to make New Year's resolutions that are aimed at improving your oral health.
   When you brush: Even though teeth are covered by a hard layer of enamel, their surface can be worn away, making them more susceptible to decay. One of the most common causes of tooth abrasion is improper brushing.
   To avoid abrasion, remember the "three T's:" toothbrush, technique, and touch. Use a toothbrush that has soft, polished bristles and treat yourself to a new toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles become worn or frayed.
   Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and move the brush gently back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Be sure to use a gentle touch. Vigorous brushing is neither safe nor necessary to remove debris from the mouth.
   Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Whether you choose tartar-control or baking soda, hydrogen peroxide or desensitizing toothpaste, the first consideration in your selection is to be sure that it contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal undergo rigorous scientific review by experts chosen from a panel of 165 independent consultants, 17 scientific council members, and 11 staff scientists.
   Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports: This includes such sports as baseball, soccer, racquet sports, basketball, skating, skateboarding, martial arts, wrestling, and more.
   Practice preventive care: Good oral health is easy to maintain. A simple routine of brushing and flossing, good eating habits, and regular visits to your dentist can help prevent most dental problems.