How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
It's easy to keep your teeth and gums in good health. A simple routine of daily teeth cleaning, good eating habits and regular dental visits can help prevent tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease.

Your teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque (pronounced PLAK). If you brush twice per day and floss once per day, you can remove most of the harmful plaque and bacteria. But if plaque remains on the teeth, it will eventually harden into tartar. It is harder to brush and floss when tartar builds up near the gumline.

Brush twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent tooth decay. Select a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and in your mouth. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed. If you have hand, arm or shoulder problems that limit movement, you may find a powered toothbrush easier to use.