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How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

Ideally, you should brush after every meal but, you should brush your teeth twice a day. You should floss between your teeth at least once a day.

How often should I replace my toothbrush?

Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

How to: Brush more effectively

• Use a soft-bristled brush
• Angle the brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums.
• Gently move the brush with short circular strokes against the outside surface of your teeth.
• Repeat the process on the inside and top of all your teeth.
• Don’t forget to brush the top of your tongue.

How to: Floss more effectively

• Use no less than 12 inches of floss.
* 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 make tight.
• Gently guide the floss between the spaces of your teeth being careful not to push down on your gums directly with a lot of force.
• Form a ‘C’ around the tooth and rub the floss against one side of the tooth in an up/down motion.
* Then form a ‘C’ and the other side and move in an up/down motion.
* Repeat on your next set of teeth.