Teeth should be brushed twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter-dental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.Visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams. Talk to the dentist about what types of oral care products will be most effective for you. The ADA seal on a product is assurance that it meets ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness. The ADA Seal should appear on fluoride toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, inter-dental cleaners, oral irrigators, mouth rinses and other oral hygiene products.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn toothbrush will not do a good job of cleaning teeth. Children’s toothbrushes often need replacing more frequently than adults because they can wear out sooner.