LIBERTY cares about more than just teeth!  
help sheet: Daily Oral Hygiene Tips  
For most of us, thorough daily oral hygiene lays the groundwork for a healthy smile. Just a simple routine  
of brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental checkups, can be enough in most cases to help  
prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.  
Brushing up on technique  
Since there are various techniques for brushing your teeth, it’s a good idea to ask your dentist which one  
to use. Here are a few tips to help you develop a good brushing routine:  
Brush twice a day  
Brush your teeth in the morning and  
before bed  
Concentrate on brushing all surfaces  
Use a gentle touch—it doesn’t take  
much pressure to remove the plaque  
from your teeth, and a vigorous  
scrubbing could irritate your gums  
Use a toothpaste with fluoride to help  
prevent tooth decay  
Brushing your tongue  
Brushing your tongue gently can help  
remove bacteria that cause bad breath  
Brushing gums  
Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle  
toward the gums when brushing along  
the gum line.  
The importance of flossing  
Cleaning between your teeth is every bit as important as brushing. Since brushing can not effectively  
clean between teeth, it’s important to use floss to get to those areas.  
Other items also are available to help you clean between your teeth. Ask your dentist which ones to use  
As with brushing, use a gentle touch to avoid injuring your gum tissue  
Clean between your teeth once a day  
2015 LIBERTY Dental Plan Daily-Oral-Hygiene-Tips RN 06 2015  
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