Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Also, be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue, as this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep your breath fresh!
Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods, such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit, can help keep your smile healthy.
Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every 12 months for a professional teeth cleaning.
If it has been 12 months since your last dental checkup, then it is time to contact Sylvan Smiles and schedule your next appointment!
STEP-BY-STEP BRUSHING INSTRUCTIONS
BRUSHING: STEP 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
BRUSHING: STEP 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
BRUSHING: STEP 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
BRUSHING: STEP 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
STEP-BY-STEP FLOSSING INSTRUCTIONS
FLOSSING: STEP 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
FLOSSING: STEP 2
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
FLOSSING: STEP 3
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
FLOSSING: STEP 4
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.