When you visit Dixon Landing Family Dental Care, our dentist and hygienists will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you so that you will know the best ways to care for your teeth at home. If you have questions about how to properly brush and floss, please feel free to call our office at 408-942-7791 . We will be happy to help you!
How to Properly Brush Your Teeth
You should brush your teeth at least twice each day, ideally in the morning and before going to bed at night. When brushing, use a toothbrush with soft, round-ended bristles. It is important that the head of your toothbrush be small enough to reach all areas of your mouth, and that the bristles are soft enough to avoid causing damage to your gum tissues. You should change your toothbrush every 3 months. You may also want to consider using an electric toothbrush.
In order to properly brush your teeth, you should:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the gums and teeth meet
- Use small, circular motions to gently brush the gum line and teeth
- Do not scrub or apply too much pressure to the teeth
- Brush every surface of every tooth – take special care to brush the surfaces of the back teeth
- Use back and forth motions to brush the chewing surfaces
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove food, debris, and bacteria
How to Properly Floss
Flossing works to remove plaque, food, and other debris from between your teeth. Flossing is one of the most effective ways to prevent periodontal disease from developing. You should floss daily, using a type of floss that is easy and pleasant to use.
Here is a basic guide to flossing:
- Use a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long.
- Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of each hand until you have 2-3 inches of floss to work with.
- Gently work the floss between the teeth and towards your gum line
- Carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove plaque and debris
- Curve the floss in a C-shape around each tooth to reach all areas between the teeth and below the gum line.
- Do not pop the floss in and out between the teeth – this may cut the gums
Why Brushing and Flossing are Essential
Brushing and flossing are key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and to ensuring that your smile is beautiful, and preventing dental disease and decay. By brushing and flossing daily, you can help prevent tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, halitosis (bad breath); and you can prevent your teeth from becoming yellowed or stained.
For more information about proper brushing and flossing in Milpitas, California, and to set up an appointment at Dixon Landing Family Dental Care, give us a call today.