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Brush twice a day
Soft toothbrush (manual or electric)
Use an ADA (American Dental Association) approved toothpaste; such approval implies proper fluoride content
Brush chewing surfaces of teeth
Brush cheek and tongue side of teeth at 45 degree angle to tooth
Be certain when brushing sides of teeth that brush is contacting gums
Brush behind the last teeth in both arches
Spend 2-3 minutes twice a day
Do NOT rinse, eat or drink for 30 minutes after brushing. Doing such will rinse the fluoride out of your mouth instead of having time to absorb into your teeth.
Clean between your teeth at least once a day
Flossing is the best way to clean between your teeth
Slide floss up and down both sides of each tooth
Simply "snapping" floss through is not enough; the floss must slide below the edge of your gums to remove plaque and debris from below the gumline
When flossing your back teeth, remember to floss behind the last tooth!
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