Preventive dental care is important no matter your age. Practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist helps keep your smile bright and healthy throughout your life. Here are a few simple ways you can prevent plaque buildup and cavities:
Brushing: Step 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gumline.
Brushing: Step 2
Brush gently using a circular motion.
Brushing: Step 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing: Step 4
Use the tip of your toothbrush for the inner surfaces of your front teeth.
Flossing: Step 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of the floss should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger will take 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, use a gentle sawing motion to get 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
Gently slide the floss up and down and repeat all steps for each tooth.