Follow our tips to get the most out of your teeth-cleaning routine!

Brush Gently

Gently brush your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

Brush Intentionally

Did you know there is an optimal technique for teeth-brushing? Don’t be too aggressive on your teeth. Use small circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes.

Brush Your Gum Line

Your gums need cleaning as well! However, as you have likely discovered before, gums can be easily irritated. Brush along your gum line, but do so very gently.

Brush Your Tongue

Did you know your tongue is a huge factor in how your breath smells? Bacteria can gather all over your tongue, and it needs cleaning too! Lightly brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to help keep your mouth clean.


Clean between your teeth and mouth with dental floss, pre-threaded flossers, a water flosser, or a similar product. This removes plaque and leftover food that a toothbrush can’t reach. When you are finished flossing, rinse your mouth!


Find out more at the National Institute on Aging

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