Brushing and Flossing Tips

Basic Brushing

  • Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes.
  • Brush the inner, outer and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • Use the top part of the brush to clean the inside surface of the front teeth.  Use a gentle up-and-down motion.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Basic Flossing

  • Break off about 18 inches of floss.  Wrap most of it around one middle finger.  Wrap the remaining floss around the same finger on the other hand.  This finger takes up the floss as it is used.
  • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.  Guide the floss between your teeth, using a gentle rubbing motion. To avoid injuring your gums, never snap the floss between teeth.
  • When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a “C” shape against one tooth into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum using an up-and-down motion.
  • Repeat this method on the remaining teeth. And don’t forget to floss the back of the last tooth. Rinse thoroughly to remove loosened plaque and debris.
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