Brushing and Flossing: Are You Doing it Rright?

In order to maintain good oral health you need to brush, floss, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

FLOSSING

If you do not floss, plaque can build up leading to gum disease. Plaque is an invisible film that develops on your teeth throughout your day. Flossing at least once a day while you are doing something else, such as watching the television, will help you get into the habit.

How to Floss:

Take a length of floss about 18 inches long and wrap it around your middle fingers. Wrap the floss around your teeth creating a “C” shape. Move it up and down your tooth from the base to the top a few times. Repeat this process for all of your teeth. Make sure to use a clean section of the floss each time.

BRUSHING

Brushing regularly is a very important part of oral hygiene, it helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing at least twice a day removes the bacteria that promote tooth decay and plaque.

How to Brush:

Brush at a 45 degree angle. Point the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet. Use gentle circular, massaging motion. Do no scrub. Clean the chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.