The best way to take care of your teeth is to keep them clean.
To keep your teeth clean, make sure you follow the steps here:
- Brush regularly. To properly brush, use the following method: Tilt your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the gums and move the toothbrush in a circular motion, you will clean the area next to the gum which most people miss. To learn more about this technique, see my answer here:
- Floss at least once a day. If you can’t properly use dental floss for any reason, then use a water flossier. The powerful stream of water can help flush plaque from the gum line. Additionally, you can mix in an antimicrobial rinse or just plain salt water.
- Stay away from sugary and acidic foods and drinks. If you indulge in acidic foods or drinks, follow the steps here to help stave off tooth erosion:
- Visit your dentist regularly – at least twice a year. This timeframe allows the dentist to catch any developing problems early, and take appropriate course of action. Additionally, getting a professional cleaning done my a dental hygienist twice a year ensures your gums stay healthy, and your teeth are at their whitest and cleanest.
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1-Brush twice a day, once in the morning and one before bed.
2-Brush with a soft bristled, small head size toothbrush. Small circular overlapping vibratory motion over teeth. Keep bristles at an angle of 45 degrees to the gum margin (see fig below).
3-Use a fluoridated toothpaste. Any major brand will do.
4-Use a fluoride mouthwash at different times to your brushing times (to increase the frequency of exposure to fluoride)
5-Use a dental floss to remove plaque from inaccessible and tight areas (between teeth).
6-If you have spaces between teeth, or have been diagnosed with gum disease (Periodontitis) use interdental brushes instead of flossing.
7- Visit your dentist regulary (frequency of visits depends on caries (decay) risk)