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Dental science sometimes feels like a superhero comic book. The bacteria are supervillains, plotting your doom and trying to destroy your mouth, while the immune system and your dentist, Dr. Robin Cropper, are the gallant heroes. Keeping your mouth healthy is a big deal, and Dr. Robin Cropper has good news for you: you can join the fight against bacteria, too. To battle oral infections, you can thoroughly brush twice and floss once, every day.

Sometimes, it is easy to lay the paste on your toothbrush, scrub back and forth for only 30 seconds, then rinse your mouth out. This is a lazy and inefficient method, and, though it is dramatically better than not brushing at all, it is better to thoroughly brush your teeth in order to fully eliminate bacteria and plaque.

When brushing, it is important to follow these tips:

— Brush for two minutes: Bacteria can survive a fast strike from a fluoride-covered toothbrush, but a two minute scrub down becomes a battle that bacteria cannot win.

— Reach all of your teeth: In order to completely clean every tooth, start by cleaning all of the front faces, then the chewing surfaces, and finish with the backs of the teeth.

— Clean your tongue: Use a tongue cleaner or a toothbrush to scrub the front and back of your tongue.

Sometimes, toothbrushing gets all of the attention, but you should always remember the other crucial ingredient to oral health: flossing. Once a day, make sure to floss between every tooth, moving up and down for maximum effect.

Dr. Robin Cropper is here to save your oral health if any bacteria still manage to make it through your tooth’s defenses. To treat any problems, a parent can can make an appointment with our office, Dentistry For Today, in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, by calling 502-517-0073. If you feel like your mouth needs a hero, then have no fear because Dr. Robin Cropper is here.