Brushing Basics: Easy as A, B, C

March 24, 2015

Brushing is as simple as “Do, re, mi,” but many people are still doing it incorrectly.  Forget reading, writing and arithmetic (for now). We’re gonna teach you how to get an A in brushing. 

All you got to do is… 

A. ADA-approved toothbrush and toothpaste Start your routine with a soft, nylon based toothbrush. Use a pea-sized amount of ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste.

B. Brush in big circles Shake it, shake it baby! Move the toothbrush back and forth in short circular strokes. Pay special attention to the gum line (where the teeth and gums meet).

C. Channel perfect pressure Hard brushing can damage your tooth enamel. Remember to brush like a Jackson 5 ballad – smooth and gentle.  

It’s easy as… 

1. 1 minute of flossing, 1x a day Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth. Plaque can build up and harden into tartar.  Tartar and plaque can spread bacteria, causing periodontitis or gum disease.

2. 2 minutes of brushing, 2x a day Brush for 2 minutes at least 2 times a day. 2 + 2 = healthy smiles.  Brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and your tongue. 

3. 3 months—the life of your toothbrush Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or after you’ve been sick. 

For a healthy smile, remember all you got to do is A-B-C, 1-2-3. 

That’s how easy grins can be.

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