Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle to the gum and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of your entire front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
Brush your teeth two times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque and to reduce your risk of tooth decay:
1. In the morning after breakfast
2. At bedtime
As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Do not swallow toothpaste. It is important to carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.
To get the maximum benefit from your fluoride toothpaste – spit the excess toothpaste out after brushing but do not rinse.
For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.
Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.