Oral Hygiene Tips
We recommend brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Brushing is important because it cleans off all the food and drink consumed during the day and adds a protective layer of fluoride.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Move the brush back and forth in short, gentle strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inside surfaces and the chewing surfaces of all teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.
- Download this calendar to help your kids keep their teeth clean all year long: https://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/activity-sheets.
- Brushing is important because it cleans off all the food and drink consumed during the day and adds a protective layer of fluoride.
- When shopping for toothbrush and toothpaste, look for a soft bristle brush, preferably an electric toothbrush, and fluoride toothpaste.
We recommend flossing once each day. Brushing is important but unfortunately, the toothbrush bristles are just too large to get to those small places in between your teeth.
- Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
- Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.
- Curve the floss into a “C” Shape against the side of the tooth.
- Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
- Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.