5 keys to clean teeth, plus win an electric toothbrush

**UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

What’s the secret to clean teeth and healthy gums? Brushing, of course.

Regularly brushing your teeth removes plaque, a clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. It’s the bacteria in plaque that causes cavities and gum disease.

We want to help you get your healthiest smile ever! And all you need is a toothbrush, some toothpaste and about six minutes a day. (OK, maybe 10 – flossing is pretty important, too.)

Win either this Deep Sweep+Smart Guide electric toothbrush or the Healthy Clean+Floss Action.

Here are our 5 keys to brushing your way to clean teeth:

1. For healthy, clean teeth, brush at least two or three times a day. One of those times should be right before you hit the sheets.

2. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Softer bristles are less likely to damage your enamel or lead to receding gums – and possible tooth sensitivity issues – down the road.

3. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes every time you brush. Queue up your favourite song for some background music and the time will fly by.

4. Try to brush after every meal. This is particularly important after having something sugary or starchy – oral bacteria produce acids that can wear aware at your enamel for up to 20 minutes after eating if you don’t brush. But if you’ve just had something acid (say, a glass of OJ), throw this rule out the window. Acid foods weaken tooth enamel and brushing too soon will only weaken the enamel more. In this case, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.

5. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush can rotate up to 7,500 times a minute; a manual toothbrush, about 300. Basically, it does the work for you. Here’s another number for you: an electric toothbrush removes up two times the plaque that a manual brush does.

To help you drive away with clean teeth, we are happy to offer an Oral-B electric toothbrush to two lucky winners! 

Here’s how to enter:

• Leave a comment on this post telling me: What’s your toothbrush of choice: manual or electric?
• Make sure to leave your name and email address so we can contact you if you win. We will randomly select our winner on May 4, 2013. This contest is open only to residents of Canada

Contest closes May 3, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. EST. You can enter once only. Open to all residents of Canada with a valid mailing address, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families or any other persons with whom they reside. Good luck!

Good luck!

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