Life in the USA
Tooth and Mouth Care
In the standard American dental care routine, the person brushes his or her teeth every morning and night, sometimes after every meal, using a well-maintained toothbrush and toothpaste. Some Americans use electric toothbrushes, with or without toothpaste. American dentists urge their patients to undergo in-office cleaning and checkups once every six months.
For additional protection, many Americans use dental floss, a special string that removes food particles from between the teeth, before they brush, or sometimes between brushings.
Americans are very concerned about having “bad breath” and use numerous mouthwashes, sprays and mints to freshen their breath. Before a social setting, if the American does not have the opportunity for tooth brushing, he or she may avoid eating spicy foods, especially onions and garlic, to guard against bad breath.
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