Stick to these tips and enjoy a brighter, healthier smile:
- Brush twice a day with soft bristles or an electric toothbrush to remove plaque and prevent cavities. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste — more is too abrasive — and brush all surfaces of your teeth and tongue.
- Use a soft-bristled brush or a Sonicare that is gentle on teeth and gums. Replaced your brush every 3 months, after an illness or if the bristles show wear.
- Floss daily. Seriously. Your toothbrush only removes 60% of the bacteria in your mouth. Use waxed or flat floss to ease the process. Floss holder, picks and in-between brushes work well, too.
- Schedule regular exams and cleanings with your dentist, at least twice yearly.