Brushing and flossing your teeth is an essential part of your oral health. Brushing and flossing removes food and plaque that gets stuck on the surfaces of your teeth throughout the day. We recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day (once when you wake up and once when you go to bed) for two minutes. Try to squeeze in a third time to brush at some point during the day (lunch, when you return home from school/work, etc.). Floss at least one time a day.
2X a day for 2 minutes!
Angle brush towards gumline (45º)
Brush in a circular motion
Remember to brush the sides that face your tongue, too!
Don't forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least 1X a day
Use a piece of floss about 18 inches long
Grab floss between index finger and thumb
Insert between teeth
Make a C-shape with the floss hugging the side of the tooth
Change your brush at least every 3 months! If you are sick or the bristles on your brush look worn, it is a good idea to change out your brush, even if it hasn't been 3 months. Try to minimize the amount of sugary and acidic foods and beverages you consume; this includes soda pop, candy, sports drinks, and many others. We are here to educate you on how to make the best choices for you and your teeth, and we encourage you to ask questions about your oral healthcare routine at your next visit!
For additional resources, we recommend visiting MouthHealthy.org!