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How Your Teeth Stain

Understanding your teeth stain level can help you choose the most effective whitening method for your smile. Read "How Your Teeth Stain" article

Tooth Whitening Continues to be a Popular Dental Request

Since 2005 the number of Americans professionally whitening their teeth has increased over 15%. Take a look at the many whiteners and whitening treatments available in stores or through your dentist’s office. Learn the safest methods and why you may be a better candidate for a particular type of whitening treatment. Read "Tooth Whitening Continues to be a Popular Dental Request" article

How Do I Know what Shade My Teeth are?

There's no one standard system in the dental field to measure and determine tooth color. Nor is there an exact answer to how white your teeth can become-every person's situation is unique.  Read "How Do I Know what Shade My Teeth are?" article

What Products are Available from My Dentist for Home Tooth Whitening?

Over time, exposure to foods, drinks (especially coffee, tea, colas and red wine) and tobacco will gradually darken your newly whitened teeth.  Read "What Products are Available from My Dentist for Home Tooth Whitening?" article

What Products for Whiter Teeth are Available from the Drugstore or Retailer?

You have a wide range of choices when it comes to whitening your teeth-from whitening toothpastes, special gels, and strips to packaged whitening systems  Read "What Products for Whiter Teeth are Available from the Drugstore or Retailer?" article

How White Can My Teeth Get?

A change of just two or three shades can make a noticeable difference in almost anyone's smile. The goal should be to achieve your individual optimum whiteness while still looking natural.  Read "How White Can My Teeth Get?" article

Dental Office Whitening Treatments in Just One Visit

Almost anyone whose permanent teeth have come in can qualify for tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to assess your oralhealth and recommend the whitening method that's best for you. Depending on the type and severity of the staining, he or she may suggest one or more treatments. Read "Dental Office Whitening Treatments in Just One Visit" article

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Oral Health Basics – How to Brush

How to brush

For a bright healthy smile, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day especially after eating.
To start, use a brush with soft nylon bristles.
Squeeze a dab of fluoride toothpaste onto your brush.

 

45°Angle

Place brush at a 45° angle against teeth and gently sweep over, away from your gum line with short stokes moving up and down.
Continue with the motion, cleaning teeth in small sections.
Rinse your brush after you completed each section.

 

GENTLEPRESSURE

Pressing too hard can damage tooth enamel and gums, so use gentle pressure and be sure to let the bristles reach into the spaces between teeth.

 

OUTER SUFACES OF YOUR UPPER TEETH FIRST

When you brush, clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth first. Then move to the lower ones.

 

INNER SUFACES OF YOUR UPPER TEETH NEXT

Next, clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth. Then brush the lower.
When cleaning the backside of teeth, it helps to hold your brush straight up and down and scrub with the bristles of the tip of the brush.

 

GUM LINE

BACK TEETH

FILLINGS

CROWN

Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth, playing extra attention to your gum line, back teeth and areas around fillings and crowns.
Finally, finish with the front teeth.

 

2 MINUTES

Proper brushing takes at least 2 minutes.
So take your time.

 

USE A TONGUE CLEANER OR THE BRISTLES TO CLEAN THE TONGUE

When you have brushed all of your teeth, gently brush your tongue and the inside of cheeks to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Rinse your mouth with water.
Your smile is fresh and clean.

Oral Health Basics – How to Floss

 

How to Floss

There are some places in your mouth where a toothbrush can’t easily reach.

 

MAKE SURE TO FLOSS AT LEAST ONCE A DAY

That’s why experts recommend flossing at least once a day.

 

18 INCHES OF DENTAL FLOSS

Flossing is easy once you know how.
All you need is about 18 inches of dental floss.
Wrap it around your index fingers and leave 2 to 4 inches between your hands.
Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently slide it between teeth.
Slowly move the floss up and down, gilding along the side of each tooth.
Curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure your dip below the gum line.

 

NEVER FORCE THE FLOSS

Be careful. Never force the floss or move it roughly.
As you move from tooth to tooth, use clean sections of floss.
Continue flossing until you clean between all of your teeth.
Then rinse with mouthwash or water and smile.

Fresh Breath Assessment

How fresh is your breath? Find out by visiting the Fresh Breath Institute.

Guide to Brushing

Test your brushing skills with our FUN 3-D brusher.

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