Clean your pearly whites at least twice per day (especially before going to bed at night) with a CDA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
- Place the brush at a forty-five degree angle to the gums and in a circular motion, ensuring that you feel the brush bristles mostly on your gums, softly agitate.
- Brush the outer, inner and biting surface of each tooth.
- Use the tip (edge) of the brush to clean the back of your front teeth.
- Brush your top of your tongue to get rid of bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended for maintaining good oral health. They are easy to use and can remove plaque effectively. Simply place the bristles of the electrical brush on your gums and teeth and permit the brush to do its job, 1 or 2 teeth at a time.
Flossing is the most effective way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line, stopping plaque from building up.
To floss, take about a foot of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between your hands.
- Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, carefully insert the floss between teeth using a delicate sawing motion.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty with dexterity of your fingers.
Rinsing with water is important after brushing, and also after meals if you cannot brush. If you happen to use an over the counter product for rinsing, it’s a great idea for maintaining excellent oral health.
- Interdental brushes
- Rubber tip stimulators
- Tongue cleaners
- Irrigation devices
- Medicated rinses