How Do I Maintain Good Oral Hygiene?
The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
Brush Twice A Day With A Good-Quality Toothbrush
Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
Floss Every Day
Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
Keep Healthy Eating Habits
Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
How Should I Be Brushing My Teeth?
The proper way to brush your teeth:
Use Proper Technique
Use proper tooth brushing technique. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums and move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
Full Tooth Coverage
Make sure to brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. You can use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
Brush Your Tongue
Remember to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
How Should I Be Flossing?
The proper way to floss your teeth:
Use Your Fingers To Wind The Floss
Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
Guide The Floss Between Your Teeth
Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
Curve The Floss Into A C-Shape
When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
Hold The Floss Against Your Tooth And Rub The Side Of The Tooth
Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions.
Repeat For The Rest Of Your Teeth
Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.