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Brushing

  • Brushing your teeth carefully, twice a day, is the foundation of good oral health.  By brushing, you will remove food particles and plaque and minimize the toxins that lead to decay and gum disease.
  • Brush twice a day.
  • Use a soft or extra-soft brush.
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle where the gumline meets the teeth.
  • Gently rotate the brush in place to a count of ten.
  • Move on to the next group of teeth and repeat on all tooth surfaces.
  • Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Allow two minutes.

How to Floss

  • Flossing once a day will help you clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  It will also help you remove stubborn food particles and plaque that cause dental problems in the future.  Alternative devices are available to clean in between teeth when fixed bridges are present.
  • Take about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around the middle finger of each hand.
  • Make sure the floss is pulled tightly between your fingers.
  • Using your thumb and forefingers, gently slide the floss between two teeth.
  • Curve it around each tooth, move the floss up and down against each tooth and between the tooth and gums as high or low as it will comfortably go under the gumline.
  • Move on to the next tooth, advancing to a clean section of the floss.
  • Repeat the steps above for each tooth.
  • Remember to floss the spaces behind your last teeth on the top and the bottom.
  • Allow two minutes.
 

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