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Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are twin pillars that support proper oral hygiene. Along with bi-annual professional teeth cleaning to remove tartar, plaque, and debris, proper home dental care practices are crucial to good dental health. Properly executed brushing and flossing will enhance the health of your mouth, maintain the sparkle in your smile, and aid in the prevention of serious diseases.

Brushing & Flossing

Reasons that proper brushing and flossing are important:

Proper Brushing Technique

Your teeth should be brushed a minimum of two times per day. A good practice is to brush in the morning and again before going to bed. The ideal toothbrush is small enough to reach all of the “nooks and crannies” of your teeth and gums, and has soft, rounded-end bristles. Be sure that the bristles are soft enough that they will not cause damage to gum tissue. It’s also important that you replace your brush frequently – at least every three months. The ADA (American Dental Association) has approved the use of electric toothbrushes, and has determined that their oscillating or rotating heads provide more effective cleaning action than “regular” toothbrushes.

The following basic guide will aid you in practicing proper brushing techniques:

Proper Flossing technique

Flossing is an effective way to remove plaque and particles from the interdental regions (spaces between the teeth). Flossing is especially important for the prevention periodontal disease, as it helps to limit the depth of the gum pockets (sulcus). Since it is difficult to reach the interdental regions with a toothbrush, dental floss should be used to cleanse those spaces on a daily basis. There is a wide variety of types and even flavors of floss available. These minor details are not relevant to the effectiveness of flossing—but select floss that you find pleasant to use, and that is easy for you to handle.

The following steps will serve as your basic guide for proper flossing:

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