The best way to take care of your mouth is to brush and floss twice a day.
This helps remove the sticky film called plaque that collects on teeth and gums. Plaque makes acids and toxins that can damage your teeth and gums.
Using a mouthwash can also help fight plaque. If you're not sure what kind to use, ask your dental team.
- Brush for at least 2 minutes, twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Pay special attention to your back teeth, which may have more plaque on them.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Brush with gentle strokes so you don't wear away your gums or teeth.
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months.Bristles that are worn remove less plaque.
- Brush your tongue to help freshen your breath. Brush from back to front using a gentle sweeping motion.
Are you holding your toothbrush correctly? Here are some tips:
Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline. Brush 2 or 3 teeth at a time. Move the toothbrush from the gums toward the edge of the teeth.
Hold the toothbrush vertically to clean behind your upper and lower front teeth. Use gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of your toothbrush.
Flossing helps keep teeth and gums healthy.
Flossing every day removes plaque along the gumline and between teeth.
Most electric chargeable toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Some also have built-in features that help protect teeth and gums.