Oral Care • For the outer tooth surfaces, place the toothbrush at a 45-B degree angle toward theR gumline. Use gentle, short strokes, moving the brushU back and forth against theS teeth and gums.HIN • Use this same motion toG clean the chewing and inner tooth surfaces.
Oral Care • To clean the inner frontB tooth surfaces, hold the brush upright and use gentleR up-and-down strokes withU the tip of the brush.SH • Dont forget to brush alongI the gumline, and make sureN you reach the teeth right atG the back. • Also give your tongue a brushing, itll help keep your breath fresh!
Oral Care • Take about 18 inches (50cm) of floss and looselyF wrap most of it around eachL middle finger (wrapping more around one finger thanO the other) leaving 2 inchesS (5cm) of floss in between.SI • With your thumbs and indexN fingers holding the flossG taut, gently slide it down between your teeth, while being careful not to snap it down on your gums.
Oral Care • Curve the floss around eachF tooth in a "C" shape andL gently move it up and down the sides of each tooth,O including under the gumline.S Unroll a new section of flossS as you move from tooth toI toothNG
Oral CareI • These use a pressurizedR stream of water to help clean around the gumline. It hasR adjustable settings forI • use on sensitive areas andG has a water tower largeA enough to clean the wholeT mouth. As an alternative toO water, the irrigator can also be used with mouthrinse.RS
Oral Care • Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent decay. • Most tooth decay in children and adolescentsS occur on the chewing surfaces of these back teeth or molars. This is because molars haveE irregular surfaces with pits and grooves whichA tend to trap food and bacterial debris. Sealants flow into and coat these pits and grooves soL that bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay.A • The teeth most likely to benefit from sealantN applications are the first and second molars justT after they have erupted and before decay has had a chance to occur. Generally, the first molars erupt at six years old and second molars at about twelve years old
Oral Care • My gums bleed when I floss; should I stop whenQ this happens? – It is quite common for your gums to bleed when you first start flossing. It may be a sign that you have some form of& gum disease. After a few days of flossing, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier. If bleeding persists, consult your dentist.A • Ive never cleaned in between my teeth before; is it too late to start? – Its never too late. Whatever your age, interdental cleaning provides major benefits to your teeth and gums that youll notice right away so the sooner you start, the better.
Oral Care • Are there flosses for special conditions? – If you have braces or restorative dental work (such as a bridge) that interferes with normal flossing, you may wantQ to try threading floss that contains a spongy section. Toothpaste, fluoride or an antibacterial agent can be used on& the spongy floss section. • My teeth have wide gaps between them; do I stillA have to floss? – Even if you have widely spaced teeth, plaque still forms between them and below the gumline-areas your brush cant reach. In addition to flossing, your dentist or hygienist may also recommend using an interdental toothbrush. This toothbrush has a very small tapered or cylindrical head with fine bristles, ideal for removing plaque between wider- spaced teeth.
Oral Care • Your toothbrush will only • Brushing the teeth too clean one or two teeth at a vigorously or using a hard time. Change its position to bristled toothbrush causes properly clean each tooth. the gums to recede and exposes root surfaces. It also • To prevent plaque damage, wears down the tooth be sure to brush at least once structure. Both of theseT every day, preferably at conditions can lead to tooth bedtime. Adding a brush sensitivity.I time after breakfastP increases your chances of • A pea-sized amount ofS thorough daily plaque fluoridated toothpaste is all removal. you need, should you choose to use a toothpaste. • Don’t rush your brush. A thorough brushing should • Replace your brush when take at least 3 minutes. the bristles begin to spread. A worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.