your smile starts here—good brushing technique

your smile starts here—good brushing technique
YOUR SMILE
STARTS
HERE—GOOD
BRUSHING
TECHNIQUE
Why is brushing and flossing your teeth so
important? Because it removes plaque. If
plaque isn’t removed, it continues to build up,
causing tooth decay, gum disease and eventual
tooth loss. Fortunately, keeping your teeth
clean is easy and takes only a few minutes to
maintain your good oral health.
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It’s easy to smile when you feel good.
It’s easier to maintain good oral health
habits when you have some support.
LifeSmile has the answers to your
dental questions and can help keep
you smiling for a lifetime.
Eight Tips For Easy Brushing:
1. Use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
2.Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums.
3.Move the brush gently, using short strokes;
don’t scrub.
4.Pay special attention to the gum line.
5.Brush the outer tooth surfaces using short, back-and-
forth strokes.
6.Brush the inner surfaces of the front teeth using gentle, up-and-down strokes.
7.Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
8.Rinse your toothbrush with water and store upright after use.
How To Choose The Right
Toothbrush For You
Unfortunately, the wrong toothbrush can damage
your gums and lead to tooth decay. Luckily, finding
the right one is easy. The best toothbrush is one that
you will use twice a day to get rid of harmful plaque.
• Size: Your brush should allow you to reach all areas
easily. Regular-sized brushes are ideal for most
adults, but for people with small mouths, an angled
brush may help you get better results.
• Manual or Electric: The choice is yours—just make
sure you can reach everywhere in your mouth with
the brush you choose.
• Soft or Hard: Hard bristles can actually hurt your
gums and erode enamel on your teeth, so stick
with brushes marked “soft” and you’ll get the best
results without hurting yourself.
• Time for a Change: Replace your brush about
every three months, or sooner if the bristles
become bent. Make sure you store your brush
clean, dry, and upright.
LifeSmile from Delta Dental can help you prevent disease and keep you and your family on the path
toward a healthier, happier life. Healthy Smile, Happy Life: Take advantage of numerous free resources for
improving your oral health at DeltaDentalKS.com/WellnessConnection.
Your Smile Starts Here—Good Brushing Technique
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