It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. Move the brush in small circles to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all your teeth and the areas between them. Brush down on the sides of your upper teeth, and brush up on your lower teeth. Brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of all your teeth. As you finish, gently brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. When you’re done don’t swallow any toothpaste, just rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
We recommend that you brush your teeth four times a day to avoid a build-up of food particles and plaque:
- In the morning after breakfast
- After lunch or right after school
- After dinner
- At bedtime.
As soon as its bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one.
Ask your dental hygienist about the best brushing technique and schedule for you.
Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon used to remove food particles and plaque between teeth. To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, it’s very important to floss every day.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding doesn’t go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next dental appointment. And be sure to ask your dental hygienist about the best flossing technique for you.