How to: Brush more effectively
- Use a soft-bristled brush that is approved by the ADA.
- Place the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums.
- Gently move the brush in a circular motion along the gumline of each tooth, one at a time.
- Repeat the process on the inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
- Brush the top of your tongue to remove the bacteria that causes bad breath.
How to: Floss more effectively
- Break off between 12 and 18 inches of floss and wrap one end of it around your forefinger several times.
- Wrap the other end around your other forefinger and use each thumb on the appropriate hand to ensure its tautness.
- Gently guide the floss between the spaces of your teeth being careful not to strike the gums directly with a great deal of force.
- Wrap the floss around the front and back of the tooth, getting it around the rounded edges, and rub the floss against both teeth in a vertical motion away from the gum line.
- Repeat the process on the rest of your teeth.
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss between your teeth at least once a day in order to optimize and prolong dental health.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
Does using mouthwash really help?
Studies have proven that if used on a regular basis, a fluoride-based mouthwash can reduce and even prevent the threat of tooth decay. But remember, fluoride-based mouthwash is not recommended for children six years old and younger due to the threat of them accidentally swallowing it.