Just like your family doctor, your dentist may work with dental specialists to provide you with the best care possible.Learn more »
Prevent problems early. Your child's first dental visit should occur by age one or within six months of when you see the first tooth.Learn more »
Dental care during pregnancy is not only safe, regular dental visits support your health and your baby's.Learn more »
Most dental disease is preventable—starting with these five steps to take at home.Learn more »
Clenching or grinding your teeth (often at night) may be the reason and can also cause damage to your teeth and jaw.Learn more »
Your dentist may recommend a number of treatment options to replace missing teeth, such as a denture.Learn more »
Plaque build-up, caused by bacteria left in the mouth, can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Daily mouth care is one of the simplest steps you can take to maintain healthy teeth and gums at any age—starting with brushing at least twice a day.
Used toothbrush bristles may be covered in dental plaque and other bacteria! Click the 'next' button for tips to keep your toothbrush clean and effective.Learn More
A frayed or worn toothbrush is much less effective at removing plaque from teeth and gums. If your toothbrush bristles wear out quickly, use less pressure—brushing too hard can damage your enamel and your gums.Learn More
Every time you flush a toilet bacteria are released into the air—and they could be landing on your toothbrush. Always close the lid before flushing and keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible, or in a cabinet.Learn More
Germs can linger on toothbrush bristles and lead to reinfection.Learn More
Germs and bacteria thrive in a damp environment. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush under running water and store it in an upright position so it can dry out.Learn More
Bacteria on your toothbrush can transfer from one mouth to another, spreading germs and the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease.Learn More
Whether using an electric or a manual toothbrush you want to ensure you have the proper brushing technique. A few things to consider:
Brush longer, not harder. Brushing too hard can damage your enamel. Brush for at least two minutes using a soft toothbrush.
Use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth's enamel. You only need a small amount (about the size of a pea).
Brush after breakfast in the morning and especially before bed. Your salivary flow decreases while you sleep putting you at greater risk for decay.
Replace your toothbrush every three months, after a cold or illness, or when the bristles lose shape.
Brush all surfaces of your teeth and don't forget to clean your tongue. Many toothbrushes today have a tongue cleaner.
Don't share your toothbrush - bacteria can transfer from one mouth to another.
Avoid brushing immediately after eating acidic foods or drinks. The acid can remain on the enamel and you end up brushing away the enamel.
Ask your dentist how well you're brushing and for more tips for better dental health.
Don't forget to floss.
Resource: Brushing and Flossing Tips PDF (Arabic)