The American Dental Association recommends that you:
- Brush your teeth 2x a day for 2 minutes with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth and lets you easily reach all areas.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
- Floss every day.
How to Brush:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in wide circular strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and prevent bad breath.
Download the ADA’s brushing guide!
How to Floss:
- “The most important thing about flossing is to do it.” – ADA
- Hold the floss tightly and gently rub the floss against your tooth.
- Gently slide it between your gum and tooth in a C shape on one side, then the other.
Download the ADA’s flossing guide!
- Always handle them gently and be careful not to drop them. They’re fragile!
- Clean removable dentures daily.
- Use a firm, round-bristled toothbrush designed especially for cleaning dentures.
- Use a toothpaste designed for cleaning dentures, as others may contain abrasives that will damage your new teeth.
- Place a washcloth in the sink to prevent damage if you drop your dentures during cleaning.
- Rinse and brush after every meal using soap and cool water, toothpaste, or denture cream.
- Avoid using abrasive pastes or chemicals.
- Soak your dentures in water overnight, or use a denture solution like Efferdent or Polident, but rinse them before use.
- Don’t use hot water, which could warp your dentures.
- If you have a partial denture, it’s critical to keep your natural teeth healthy. Brush twice a day and floss daily. Pay extra attention for the teeth where the clasps attach.
- Keep out of reach of pets.
Other Oral Care:
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit us regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.