- Step 1: Brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Brush in a gentle, circular, up and down. Don’t scrub. Receding gums can be a result of years of brushing too hard.
- Step 2: Clean every surface of every tooth.
- Step 3: Take 2-3 minutes to brush and change up your brushing pattern. Using the same pattern can result in the same spots being missed.
- Step 4: There are many different types of brushes, so ask your dentist to suggest the best one for you. In general, a soft brush with rounded bristles and with a size/shape that allows you to reach the way to your back teeth is best.
- Step 5: Canadian Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush every three months.
- Step 1: Wrap floss around your fingers and leave about 2 inches between your hands
- Step 2: Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a “C” shape around the base of the tooth. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
- Step 3: Floss both sides of every tooth. Make sure to use a new section of the floss as it wears and picks up particles. After flossing, put it in the garbage, never flush floss down the toilet.
- Step 4: Brush your teeth after you floss – it is a more effective method of preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
Fluoride is a natural occurring mineral that plays a role in strengthening tooth enamel. Fluoride has a positive effect on oral health by helping prevent tooth decay. It does this by:
- Making teeth strong and more resistant to acid
- Stop tooth decay by putting minerals back into teeth and,
- Interferes with bacteria's ability to make acid
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