How to: Brush more effectively
  • Use a soft-bristled brush that is approved by the ADA.
  • Place the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth in short, horizontal strokes against the outer surface of your teeth.
  • Repeat the process on the inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • Brush the top of your tongue to remove the bacteria that causes bad breath.
How to: Floss more effectively
  • Break off between 12 and 18 inches of floss and wrap one end of it around your forefinger several times.
  • Wrap the other end around your other forefinger and use each thumb on the appropriate hand to ensure its tautness.
  • Gently guide the floss between the spaces of your teeth being careful not to strike the gums directly with a great deal of force.
  • Rub the floss against the both teeth in a vertical motion away from the gumline.
  • Repeat the process on the rest of your teeth.