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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
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
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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