Cleaning teeth daily is the best way to help prevent cavities and early gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends a minimum of twice-daily toothbrushing and daily flossing as the foundation of a cleaning teeth routine. (1), (2)
How do you know that you are really cleaning your teeth? Give your teeth cleaning technique a check-up by following these tips for complete oral care:
- Angle is everything. For cleaning teeth effectively, it’s important to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Less is more. Use small, tooth-sized strokes to brush the surface of each tooth, rather than large, sweeping strokes.
- Think in threes. Cleaning teeth includes cleaning all three sides—front, back, and top of the chewing surface. (1), (2)
- Go Long: The American Dental Association recommends using about 18 inches of floss, so you have a clean piece of floss to use on each tooth in the cleaning teeth process.
- Slide Smooth: Curve the floss into a C-shape as you slide it up and down along the side of each tooth.
- Go All the Way: Don’t forget to floss the back sides of your back teeth on both the left and right of the upper and lower teeth. (1), (2)
Beyond the Brush: Other Cleaning Teeth Methods
In addition to following a complete oral care routine, you can support your cleaning teeth efforts by avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products, eating healthy, and visiting a dental professional regularly. (2)