Polish up your oral care technique to save on dental bills and keep your pearly whites in top condition
Countless surveys show men don't take enough care of their mouths. It's a risky business because poor oral care.and the resulting bacterial growth, is linked to heart disease, diabetes and erectile dysfunction (not to mention far fewer dates). MH has scoured the latest research and asked top dentists for their advice on how to keep your choppers chopping.
l) WORK THE RIGHT WAY
Dentists recommend the "modified Bass technique" -a thorough method named after the forefather of modern dentistry, Dr Charles Bass. Hold your brush at 45-degree angle to the gum line, and gently vibrate so the bristles barely move. Work your way around. Don't miss the lingual surface-the inner side of the tooth. This area is a breeding ground for plaque, a recent study in the American Journal of Dentistry found.
2) ... AND IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Brushing toward your gums will eventually push the tissue back, making your gum line recede, warns dentist Dr Bruce DeGinder. "On the upper teeth, you want to be brushing downwards, and on the lower teeth, brush upwards," he says.