- Remember to Floss Daily. If you haven’t been flossing, you may experience sore or bleeding gums for the first five or so days that you floss. This should stop once the plaque is broken up and the bacteria are removed. If bleeding does not stop, see your dentist. If you have trouble handling floss, you may wish to try a floss holder or another type of interdental cleaning aid. Interdental cleaners include narrow brushes, picks, or sticks used to remove plaque from between teeth. Your dentist or hygienist can tell you how to use these special cleaners.
- Choose products with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Seal on a product is your assurance that it has met ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, interdental cleaners, oral irrigators and mouth rinse.
- Look for a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps keep tooth enamel strong and can aid in repairing the early stages of decay. If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist may suggest using a special toothpaste.
- Select a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and in your mouth, and use it twice a day. Whether you choose a manual or powered toothbrush, with proper brushing both can remove plaque above the gumline and reduce gingivitis. For children, choose a child-sized toothbrush.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t clean your teeth properly.
- Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently. If you have hand, arm, or shoulder problems that limit movement, you mayfind a powered toothbrush easier to use.
- Oral irrigating devices use a stream of water to remove food particles around the teeth. They can be helpful for peoplewho wear braces or dentures. However, an oral irrigator is meant to enhance, not replace, regular brushing and flossing.
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