Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small smear of fluoride toothpaste, unless the child is under the age of 2. If a child is younger than age 2, parents should clean their child’s teeth with training toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
When you brush your teeth, use small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Brush the inside and the chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth & don't forget your tongue.
Brush your teeth two times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:
- In the morning after breakfast
- At bedtime
As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. Do not swallow any toothpaste. It is important to carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.
For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.
Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Or you can use floss sticks.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little.