Even though we’ve been brushing and flossing our teeth for years and years, many of us are surprised to learn that we’re not doing it properly. Case in point: Did you know that proper brushing takes at least two minutes? Most adults do not come close to brushing that long.
Brushing: Remove food and plaque -- the sticky, nearly colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth and is the main cause of dental decay and gum disease.
Flossing: remove plaque in places a tooth brush cannot easily reach. Under the gumline and between the teeth.
These four steps are the best and easiest ways to help you remember how to care for your mouth, teeth and gums:
• Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime
• Use a toothbrush with soft rounded bristles and replace every 3 months
or when bristles show wear (of bent).
• Use Tooth paste with the seal of American Dental Association.
• Floss every day – usually at bedtime
• Limit the number of times snack each day and try to snack healthy foods
• Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning