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Scientists said we clean our teeth the wrong way. Different dentists give us different advice. Researchers looked at advice in dental textbooks, toothpaste instructions and dental clinics. They found five basic ways of tooth-brushing. Most of them moved the toothbrush along the teeth in circular movements. The researchers said we should stop this. We should move the toothbrush backwards and forwards instead.



A professor of dental public health said we need good information on how to brush our teeth. We should not brush our teeth more than twice a day. This damages the tooth enamel. We should brush for two to three minutes each time and not press too hard. In addition, we shouldn't clean our teeth minutes after eating. This is when the acid in your mouth can damage our teeth. We should also clean our tongue. This also has a lot of bacteria.

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Sources
  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/scientists-reveal-perfect-tooth-brushing-4028625#ixzz3A32WPxi6
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/rebecca-smith/11021049/Best-method-for-brushing-teeth-revealed.html
  • http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/brushing-needs-no-proper-technique-says-a-study/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

we clean our teeth

a.

we should stop this

2.

Different dentists give

b.

textbooks

3.

advice in dental

c.

movements

4.

They found five basic ways

d.

the wrong way

5.

circular

e.

move the toothbrush

6.

The researchers said

f.

forwards instead

7.

We should

g.

of tooth-brushing

8.

backwards and

h.

us different advice



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

A professor of dental

a.

too hard

2.

We should not brush our teeth

b.

each time

3.

This damages the

c.

of bacteria

4.

two to three minutes

d.

more than twice a day

5.

not press

e.

can damage our teeth

6.

we shouldn't clean our teeth minutes

f.

public health

7.

the acid in your mouth

g.

tooth enamel

8.

This also has a lot

h.

after eating

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Scientists said we clean our teeth (1) ___________________. Different dentists give (2) ___________________. Researchers looked (3) ___________________ dental textbooks, toothpaste instructions and dental clinics. They found (4) ___________________ tooth-brushing. Most of them moved the toothbrush along the teeth in (5) ___________________. The researchers said we should stop this. We should move the toothbrush (6) ___________________ instead.

A professor of dental public health (7) ___________________ information on how to brush our teeth. (8) ___________________ teeth (9) ___________________ day. This damages the tooth enamel. We should brush for two to three minutes each time and not (10) ___________________. In addition, we shouldn't clean our teeth (11) ___________________. This is when the acid in your mouth can damage our teeth. We should also clean our tongue. This also has (12) ___________________.





PUT A SLASH ( / )WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Scientistssaidwecleanourteeththewrongway.Differentdentistsgi
veusdifferentadvice.Researcherslookedatadviceindentaltextboo
ks,toothpasteinstructionsanddentalclinics.Theyfoundfivebasicw
aysoftooth-brushing.Mostofthemmovedthetoothbrushalongthet
eethincircularmovements.Theresearcherssaidweshouldstopthis.
Weshouldmovethetoothbrushbackwardsandforwardsinstead.Ap
rofessorofdentalpublichealthsaidweneedgoodinformationonhow
tobrushourteeth.Weshouldnotbrushourteethmorethantwiceada
y.Thisdamagesthetoothenamel.Weshouldbrushfortwotothreemi
nuteseachtimeandnotpresstoohard.Inaddition,weshouldn'tclean
ourteethminutesaftereating.Thisiswhentheacidinyourmouthcan
damageourteeth.Weshouldalsocleanourtongue.Thisalsohasalot
ofbacteria.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

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