Oral Care Tips

BRUSHING

  • Choose a toothbrush with soft, round-ended, nylon bristles.
  • Wet the brush with water. Apply enough paste to cover the bristles. Always use a fluoride  toothpaste.
  • Place the brush along the gum line on an angle and brush in a back and forth motion along the entire surface of your teeth.
  • For the inner sides of front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes using the front half of the brush.
  • Clean the biting surfaces of your teeth. Use a gentle back and forth scrubbing motion.
  • To help reduce odor-causing bacteria, always brush your tongue from front to back.
  • Brush for 2-3 minutes after every meal or at least twice a day.
  • Replace your brush every 2-3 months, sooner if bristles are frayed or worn.

FLOSSING

  • Cut off an 18in. piece of dental floss.
  • Wrap each end around each index finger. Use your thumbs to secure it in place between your teeth.
  • Pull the floss taut and with a gentle back and forth motion. Slide it between your teeth and down under the gum line.
  • Scrape the tooth surface several times, beginning below the gum line and moving to the top of the tooth.
  • Release the tension from the floss so you can wrap it around the surface of the next tooth that is to be cleaned.
  • Continue until you have flossed all tooth surfaces.
  • Floss at least once a day.

WHITENING

 To help keep your white teeth their whitest:

  • Recognize the foods that can stain your teeth, such as cherries, blueberries, raspberries, even soy sauce.
  • Be aware of the beverages that can discolor your teeth: coffee, tea, wine, even beer
  • Read the warning labels on prescription medications; some can change tooth color.
  • Some antibiotics and even some over-the-counter antihistamines can discolor teeth — read warning labels and ask your pharmacist.
  • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco will, over time, stain your teeth.