A toothbrush is an important tool in the fight against tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Your toothbrush helps remove food particles and plaque, the thin sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with regular brushing and cleaning between the teeth, it can harden into calculus, also called tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a professional cleaning in a dental office.
Brush your teeth twice a day. Most dental professionals recommend brushing for at least two minutes. In addition, it’s important to clean teeth with floss or another interdental cleaner. This helps remove food and particles from between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Eating a balanced diet, limiting snacks and scheduling dental visits will help you keep your smile healthy for years to come.