The Right Angle
The bristles of the brush need to reach into
the space between your teeth and gums. To do
this, hold the brush at a 45-degree angle
against your teeth.
The biggest mistake is scrubbing too hard,
which can wear away your gums. Use a very
short back-and-forth motion or a small
circular motion. Don't move the brush more
than half a tooth length. Do the outsides
and the insides top and bottom.
The Front Teeth
To reach behind the upper and lower front
teeth, hold the brush vertically and use the
bristle toward the end of the brush.
It's important to clean the crevices in
the chewing surfaces of your teeth where
food can get stuck. Use a gentle back and
1. Keep your fingers close to your
teeth for better control.
2. Work the floss back and forth
slightly to east it between your teeth so
it doesn't snap in and injure your gums.
3. Make a "C" shape around the tooth.
4. Move the floss gently up and down
the side of the tooth, making sure to
clean between the tooth and the gum.
5. Do both sides of every tooth,
advancing to a clean section of floss for
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