1. Follow the Two-Minute Rule
Regular brushing twice a day is the first step to good oral hygiene and removing the dental plaque that causes gingivitis.[i] Experts recommend you brush gently for around two minutes twice a day, using a soft-bristled tooth brush. Take special care to brush all the sides of your teeth – including the inner and outer surfaces. Change your brush or toothbrush head every three to four months.[iii]
3. Floss Daily
Regular flossing (at least once a day) will help to remove plaque buildup and trapped food from between your teeth, preventing the development of gingivitis.[i, iv] Use your floss or dental tape to get between your teeth moving it gently but thoroughly – sliding it around the surfaces of the teeth and around the gum line. Floss all teeth, particularly the ones at the back, which can be harder to reach when brushing.[v]
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*compared to a sodium monofluorophospate toothpaste and professional cleaning