Your teeth can last a lifetime if you practice basic dental care. Brush and floss each day and eat a healthy diet. See your dentist or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings. Good dental health habits are the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
How to brush and floss your teeth
Brush your teeth 2 times a day, and use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Follow these tips when you brush your teeth.
Disclosing tablets are chewable and will colour any plaque left on the teeth after you brush. You can buy them at most drugstores.
Floss at least once a day. Choose the type and flavour of floss that you like best. When you floss your teeth, use either of these methods.
The finger-wrap method: Cut off a piece of floss 45 to 50 cm (18 to 20 in.) long. Wrap one end around your left middle finger and the other end around your right middle finger, until your hands are about 5 to 8 cm (2 to 3 in.) apart.
The circle method: Use a piece of floss about 30 cm (12 in.) long. Tie the ends together to form a loop. If the loop is too large, wrap the floss around your fingers to make it smaller.
With either method, follow these steps for flossing.
Gently work the floss between the teeth toward the gums.
Curve the floss around each tooth into a U-shape and gently slide it under the gum line.
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