Outer/inner surface of teeth
Place your toothbrush at a 45–degree angle against your gums and gently brush back and forth.
Use the toothbrush as shown, and applying slight pressure, brush back and forth over the chewing surface.
Inside surface of the front teeth
Angle the brush as shown and use gentle back and forth strokes with the end of the brush.
Brush the tongue in a back to front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth or you can use one of the many tongue scrapers available.
Flossing the teeth is a very important adjunct to tooth brushing for good oral hygiene. Studies have even demonstrated that those who floss regularly have a decrease in periodontal disease, bad breath, and cavity incidence. Flossing, as many people believe, is not used to remove food particles only. It is used to remove plaque under the gums, which is the invisible film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth.
Floss allows one to go in between the teeth, and scrape the surfaces clear of this plaque and bacteria. A few of the commercially available brands of floss are:
- Johnson’s Reach
- Oral B