International Kissing Day takes place on the 6th July, so have you decided who you are locking lips with on the day yet? The record for the current longest kiss stands at 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds between Thai couple Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat. People around the world try to beat this record every year and the competition is fierce.
But before you pucker up, make sure your oral hygiene is the best it can be.
First of all you should brush your teeth twice a day, morning and evening, but brushing after meals is highly recommended too. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to fight bacteria and try and floss at least once a day too. It removes excess food pieces stuck between your teeth.
Using the right toothbrush is vital too. The best toothbrush to use should be quite small with round bristles that are soft so they won’t cause any damage to the mouth, teeth and gums. The brush head should be small too, so it can get to all corners of the mouth. Always replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
Change your eating habits. Smoking, sugary drinks and chewing tobacco can all ruin your teeth.
It’s all very good cleaning your teeth, but there is a correct way to brush them. First of all place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum. Then move the toothbrush backwards and forwards over the biting surfaces part of the mouth. Next brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle to the gum before finally finishing by moving your toothbrush up and down over the back of the front teeth.
It sounds obvious, but visit your dentist every 6 months or so for a check-up. They are trained to spot any changes in your teeth or any serious problems that look imminent. Many people find visiting the dentist scary, but the right dentist should put you at ease right away.
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