How to Best Clean Your Teeth at Home

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Regular professional teeth cleaning is a vital part of any dental health routine, but you also need to keep your teeth clean at home. Plaque is a biofilm that constantly forms on your teeth and contains harmful oral bacteria. Proper brushing and flossing can keep plaque under control and reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth.

1. Time your brushing
You need to brush for at least two minutes. Use a stopwatch or timer to ensure you are brushing for the proper amount of time.

2. Use short, gentle strokes, and focus on the gumline and hard-to-reach teeth
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your upper and lower teeth. Before you rinse, be sure to brush your tongue, as well.

3. Floss
Wrap eighteen to twenty-four inches of floss around your index and middle fingers. Slide the floss carefully between each set of teeth, and curve it in a c-shape as you move it up and down the side of one tooth and then the other.

4. Rinse
Use a fluoride mouthwash to strengthen your teeth, or an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill more bacteria.

Call our Santa Clara dentist today to learn more or to schedule your next cleaning.

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