Brushing

  • » Always move your toothbrush in a short, gentle, circular motion.
  • » Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle when brushing.
  • » Try to get the bristle tips directly under the gum line.
  • » Always try to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  • » Brush your tongue. This removes bacteria and freshens your breath.

Flossing

  • » Use around 18" of floss. Wind it around the middle finger on both hands.
  • » Use a gentle, sawing motion when sliding the floss between your teeth.
  • » Move the floss in an up and down motion while holding it against the tooth.
  • » Always remember to floss the backside of your tooth.

Whitening I.Q. Test

  • » Whitening can lead to loss of healthy teeth.   Answer
    False   Not one healthy tooth has ever been lost.
  • » Whitening requires a month or more.   Answer
    False   Excellent results can be obtained in two weeks or less. And, in-office assisted techniques can lighten the shade of your teeth in a single visit.
  • » Whitening can be done with over-the-counter products.   Answer
    True   However, compared to what's available from your dentist, over-the-counter whitening products are not as effective.
  • » Whitening is permanent.   Answer
    False   Restaining can occur. Smoking, drinking coffee, tea and soda, eating berry pie, and not brushing or flossing regularly all contribute to tooth staining.
  • » Whitening can contribute to tooth decay.   Answer
    False   There is no evidence that whitening leads to the loss of tooth integrity.