The best way to take care of your mouth is to brush and floss twice a day. You’ve been routinely brushing your teeth for a long time but still may not be doing it right.

Proper brushing takes two minutes. Generally, we do not come close to brushing that long.

Here are a few steps to follow while brushing:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush and be gentle to protect your teeth and gums.
  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle along the gum line. Using short, gentle strokes, cover the outer, inside and chewing surface of your teeth.
  • Change the toothbrush every three months and after you’ve had a cold or flu.
  • Using a mouthwash can also help fight plaque.


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Flossing helps keep teeth and gums healthy. Daily flossing is highly recommended for removing plaque along the gum line and between teeth.

To floss correctly, follow these steps:

  •  Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wind most of the floss around each middle finger. Use the thumbs and index fingers to guide floss between teeth.
  • Making a “C” shape, wrap the floss around the sides of each tooth.
  • Unwrap floss as you go to use a clean section for each tooth.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror as you floss to be sure you don’t miss any teeth.
  • Please note: Your gums should be firm and pink. If they are red, swollen, or bleeding, consult your dentist.