Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
To prevent gum disease:
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Floss once a day.
Visit your dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning.
Eat a well-balanced diet.
Quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk for gum disease.
How to Clean Your Teeth and Gums
There is a right way to brush and floss your teeth. Every day:
Gently brush your teeth on all sides with a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste.
Use small circular motions and short back-and-forth strokes.
Brush carefully and gently along your gum line.
Lightly brush your tongue to help keep your mouth clean.
Clean around your teeth with dental floss. Careful flossing removes plaque and leftover food that a toothbrush can’t reach.
Rinse after you floss.