Experienced dental professionals recommend the following dental care steps for obtaining healthy teeth and gums:
Brush your teeth with a soft round bristle toothbrush.
Take a new toothbrush every three to four months.
Replaces your toothbrush after an illness.
When you are brushing your teeth along the gum line, make sure to tilt your brush 45 degrees - so it goes against your teeth and gums.
Move your toothbrush back and forth in small, round strokes.
The accurate brushing movement is more like massaging along the gum line rather than energetic brushing.
Other dental care steps, which can help keep up your natural teeth for life, include:
Use toothpaste with added fluoride.
To stop plaque from forming between teeth, you should floss your teeth every day.
Floss against the end-side of the tooth and scale the floss up-and-down more than a few times.
Store dental floss in your purse, at your office desk and in your car for use when required.
Your tongue is a major cause of plaque and bad breath. Brush your tongue softly with your toothbrush two times a day (when you brush your teeth).
Attend periodontal check-ups.
Perform oral cancer screenings.
Avoid tobacco products.
Avoid extreme alcohol consumption.
Follow a healthy diet.