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Tips for a

HEALTHY SMILE

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your dental care routine. For a healthy mouth and smile, the ADA recommends you:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily.
     

  • Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
     

  • Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

PROPER BRUSHING TECHNIQUE

  1. Place the toothbrush at a 45°angle along the gum line. Move the toothbrush in a back and forth motion, and repeat for each tooth.
     

  2. Brush the inside surface of each tooth, using the same back and forth technique.
     

  3. Brush the chewing surface (top) of each tooth.
     

  4. Use tip of brush to brush behind each tooth — front and back, top and bottom and up and down strokes.
     

  5. Be sure to brush your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.