Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and Flossing

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s essential to brush at least twice and floss at least once a day. You should be brushing after every meal to minimize plaque buildup. Doing so helps to prevent oral health diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease. 

 

How to brush properly

Step 1: Hold the tooth brush at a 45 degree angle with the bristles facing towards your teeth. Massage the gums and teeth using a gentle, up and down, circular motion. The key is to be gentle.

Step 2: Make sure you clean all the tooth's surfaces, including the chewing surface, and on the sides. 

Step 3: Take your time and make sure you brush for a minimum of 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Change up your brushing pattern from time to time. This will ensure you don't miss the same spots.

Step 5: Choose a soft bristled toothbrush that can fit comfortably in your mouth. Your toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months to keep the bristles fresh. 

 

How to floss properly

Step 1: Wind up some floss approximately the length from your shoulder to your finger. Wrap the floss around your index or middle fingers, leaving roughly a couple inches of space between your hands. 

Step 2: Holding it tightly, slide the floss between your teeth using a sawing motion. Scrape under your gumline by curving the floss into a C shape. 

Step 3: Floss both sides of the tooth and don't forget to floss your last molars as well. Make sure you use a new section of the floss so it stays clean. 

Step 4:  Floss before you brush - It's more effective this way. 

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