We firmly believe that healthy oral hygiene starts at home, and the best way to battle dental disease is to prevent it at the start. Your two primary weapons against dental disease are proper brushing and flossing of the teeth, gums, and mouth.
Proper Brushing Technique
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes each session, with the most important brush coming at night before bed. Most experts agree that a soft-bristled, small-headed brush is most effective at removing plaque and other debris from teeth, as it can get to hard-to-reach areas of the mouth without scratching or irritating the teeth or gums.
When brushing, position the toothbrush along the gumline at approximately 45 degrees and brush gently in a circular, rolling motion. Be sure the toothbrush bristles are always in contact with the gums. Repeat this motion 2 or 3 teeth at a time, making sure to reach the inner, outer, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Finally, brush the surface of your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria and maintain fresh breath.
Be sure to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrush head) every several months to avoid buildup of bacteria and gradual softening of bristles.
Proper Flossing Technique
Often viewed incorrectly as just an optional supplement to brushing, the fact is that proper flossing is just as important as brushing in the protection of your teeth, bone, and gums. Flossing dislodges plaque from between teeth and the gumline, which is where gingivitis often starts. If you find normal floss difficult to use, floss holders are also a suitable alternative.
To start, wrap about a foot (or more) of floss around the middle fingers of each hand, with a 2” stretch of floss in between. Use your thumbs to guide the zig-zag flossing motion between your upper teeth. Be sure to curve the floss around the edge of each tooth and underneath the gumline.
After you have finished proper brushing and flossing (as well as after meals), be sure to rinse with water in order to rid your mouth of any residual bacteria or debris.
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