The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Brushing helps remove plaque from the tooth surfaces.
Brush your teeth twice a day, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps protect your teeth from decay. When choosing any dental product, look for the Canadian Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, an important symbol of a dental product’s safety and effectiveness.
Cleaning between the teeth once a day with floss or interdental cleaners removes plaque from between the teeth, areas where the toothbrush can’t reach. It is essential in preventing periodontal (gum) disease. Think of flossing as “Brushing in between your teeth.”
By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile your entire life.