Proper brushing and flossing is crucial to maintaining good oral health. Brushing and flossing correctly helps you avoid a number of dental problems, including tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, halitosis (bad breath) and staining and discoloration of the teeth. Our dentist and team have provided some basic instructions on brushing and flossing for you here.
How to Brush
You should brush your teeth at least twice each day, using an ADA®-approved toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. The toothbrush should be soft bristled and have a small head. It is recommended that you switch out your toothbrush for a new one every three months. You may also want to consider using an electric toothbrush, as this appliance has proven to be highly effective at cleaning teeth.
When you brush your teeth, you should:
How to Floss
Flossing is an important part of your oral health routine. It cleans between the teeth and below the gumline, removing food and debris and preventing bacteria from accumulating in those areas and causing cavities and gum disease.
When you floss, we recommend that you:
If you have questions about brushing or flossing, please speak with our dentist or hygiene team. We will be able to provide instructions on the best brushing and flossing techniques and recommend appropriate oral hygiene aids as needed. Give us a call today to make your appointment!