Brushing & Flossing Properly

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Angle the brush

Whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush involves these things:

The proper tools

A soft toothbrush:
A soft brush is kinder to your teeth and gums, and also makes it much easier to remove the plaque below the gumline, where periodontal disease starts.

Toothpaste with fluoride
Use a pea- sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride hardens the outer enamel layer of the teeth. It might stop a cavity in its tracks and will give you more resistance to future cavities.
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Brush tongue gently

The right technique

The correct angle of brushing:

Angle the bristles of the brush along the gumline at a 45- degree angle and apply gentle pressure so the bristles slide under the gumline. Vibrate the brush while you move it in short back- and – forth strokes and in small circular motions. Brush two or teeth at a time, and then move to the next teeth, allowing some overlap. To brush the backs of the front teeth, tilt the brush and use the tip of the brush.

Brushing in a pattern

It’s fine to brush in any regular pattern you choose, but since the inside of the teeth tend to get less attention, you might start with the insides of the upper teeth, then go to the inside of the lower teeth. Next, switch to the outsides of the upper teeth, and then the outsides of the lower teeth. Brush the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth, then the lower teeth, and end by gently brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth. This removes bacteria and keeps your breath fresh.

Good timing:

Brushing after breakfast and before bed

The timing of your brushing is important, too. Brushing after breakfast cleans away the morning’s food debris, and prevent the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth from leaving behind the destructive acid they produce when they digest that food. And brushing your teeth before bedtime protects your teeth all night.

Using these brushing techniques, your teeth and gums will stay fresh and healthy.
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Pull in a “c” shape

Why is flossing important?

Most cavities and periodontal disease begin between the teeth. While brushing is important, the bristles of your toothbrush simply don’t remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. That’s why we recommend that you floss every day.

How to floss

Don’t worry about the type of floss; they all work pretty much the same. Choose the type of floss you like.

Wind 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand, leaving about five inches between your hands. Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, and leaves about one inch in between to work with.

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A floss fork

Gently guide the floss down between the teeth using a side – to -side motion. If your teeth are too tight to floss, or if it catches or tears, let us know about it. These are problems that need to be fixed.

Pull the floss tightly in a C- shape around the side of the tooth and slide it under the gumline. Clean the surface of the tooth by moving the floss up and down several times to remove all the food and bacteria.

Then pull the floss around the next tooth and repeat the process. Wind the floss to a fresh section and gradually work your way around your mouth, cleaning both sides of every tooth. If you have problems reaching some areas, you may want to use a floss fork.

If your gums are infected, they’ll bleed when you floss. That’s to be expected if you are just beginning to floss.

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Leave about one inch

After a week or so of regular flossing, the bleeding should go away, and you’ll be well on your way to healthier teeth and gums.

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