Cleaning & Brushing Between Your Teeth: Floss works well to remove food particles that are caught between the contacts of teeth. To use dental floss, wrap the floss around your fingers, and slide the floss between the tooth contacts. Then, think about sliding up and down a pole. That is how dental floss wraps around the tooth and slides up and down to scrape food particles and some dental plaque away from the tooth. In addition, small brushes that are designed to clean between teeth like a pipe cleaner (examples: GUM Soft Pick® and TePe EasyPick®) are extremely effective in removing food particles and dental plaque between the teeth where the tooth actually meets the gum tissue. These tiny brushes have many soft-scrubbing bristles that are pushed in and out between the teeth at the gum line, effectively removing unhealthy dental plaque.

Brushing Your Teeth: Manual toothbrushes work well. However, electric toothbrushes like the Sonicare® are more efficient. Dip the bristles of your toothbrush in a little coconut oil (you could put some coconut oil in a small jar in the bathroom), and then dip that into a little baking soda (you also could put some baking soda in a separate small jar in the bathroom). Then brush your teeth, angling the bristles into the space where the gums meet the teeth on both the cheek side and the tongue side of all your teeth. If you are using a manual toothbrush, gently glide the bristles in a horizontal direction back and forth to remove the plaque. If you are using an electric toothbrush, the bristles do all the work. All you need to do is to gently move the brush bristles horizontally back and forth on both sides of the teeth.

Cleaning Your Tongue: Some of the bacteria on the top of your tongue close to your throat are responsible for causing bad breath. These bacteria break down specific types of foods and release bad odors. An effective way to remove the overabundance of these bacteria and broken-down food particles is to use a teaspoon to clean your tongue. Place the inverted teaspoon as far back as is comfortable on the topside of your tongue. Then, gently glide the teaspoon forward, removing the bacterial film and microscopic food particles. Repeat this 2-3 times, and then wash off the teaspoon. Perform this tongue-cleaning method in the morning and then in the evening before bed.