- Brush – Brush your teeth at least twice per day: after breakfast and before bedtime. Another good time to brush is after eating snacks.
- Tools – Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush, or electric-toothbrush head, every three months; sooner, if the bristles become frayed. A child’s toothbrush tends to wear out quicker than an adult’s and needs to be replaced more often.
- Technique – Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth; brush with short, back-and-forth motions. Brush the top and side surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue and gum lines.
- Floss – Floss daily. Start with about 18 inches of dental floss; wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand, and stretch the remaining floss around the middle finger on the other hand, leaving about one inch to floss your first tooth. Using your thumbs and forefingers, pull the floss from the gum line to the top of the tooth. Unwind fresh floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
- Food – Cut down on food and drinks that are high in acid, such as sodas. High levels of acid can erode the outer surface (enamel) of your teeth.
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