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Tooth Brushing/Flossing

Tooth Brushing/Flossing

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The Importance of Tooth Brushing

  • Brushing helps remove plaque and food from your teeth.
  • Proper brushing can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Tooth brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day will help remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush twice daily with a soft toothbrush that is not worn out or frayed. Your toothbrush needs to be replaced every 3 to 4 months.
  • Never share toothbrushes – it will spread germs.
  • Adults and children over age 3 years should use a toothpaste with fluoride. The use of topical fluoride, which is in toothpastes, gels, and rinses, has been shown to safely reduce dental cavities.
  • It is important that young children are closely monitored when using fluoride-containing products so that they do not swallow an excessive amount.
  • Only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is necessary for a child to use.
  • Children under 7 years old need an adult’s help brushing and flossing their teeth.
  • Eat balanced meals and limit food that is high in sugar

Steps for getting the most out of your brushing:

  • Place the toothbrush against your gum line (where the teeth and gums meet) at a 45-degree angle. Use a small circular motion to brush your teeth and gums.
  • Brush the inner surfaces or backs of your front teeth with the front part of your toothbrush.
  • Brush back and forth on the chewing surfaces of your teeth holding the brush flat.
  • Brush for at least 3 minutes, twice a day. Be sure to brush at bedtime to remove bacteria that can cause decay while you are sleeping.
  • Don’t forget to brush or scrape your tongue to remove harmful bacteria and help control bad breath!

The Importance of Flossing

  • Flossing cleans between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Flossing also helps control bad breath.
  • By combining flossing and brushing each day, you can thoroughly remove plaque and prevent cavities and gum disease.