Proper oral hygiene is vital in maintaining your teeth and healthy gums. The best way to prevent cavities and gum disease is by properly brushing and flossing daily.
How to brush
Position a soft bristle toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the toothbrush in a circular motion several times over each tooth using small, gentle strokes. Light pressure should be used, but never so much as to cause discomfort. Do this on the outside and inside surfaces of both the upper and lower teeth.
To clean the biting or chewing surfaces of the teeth, use short, gentle strokes watching in the mirror that you are cleaning each and every surface. Rinse vigorously after brushing to remove any loosened plaque from your mouth.
How to Floss
Use a piece of floss approximately 18 inches long. Waxed floss is generally easier to pass between your teeth. Lightly wrap most of the length of floss around the middle finger of one hand and wrap the remaining floss on the middle finger of the other hand. Hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss between the teeth using a back and forth motion. Do not force or snap the floss into place. Gently bring the floss to the gum line then curve the floss into a C-shape in order to “hug” the tooth. Slide the floss into the space below the gum next to the tooth until you feel light resistance and move the floss up and down the side of the tooth multiple times. Remember, the adjacent tooth also needs to be cleaned, so switch the direction of the C and clean the other side. As the floss become soiled, turn the floss from one hand to the other in order to get a clean piece.
Do not be alarmed if for the first week of flossing, your gums bleed or are even a little sore. As you continue to floss daily and remove the plaque your gums will strengthen and heal and the bleeding should stop. If bleeding and pain continues, please contact the office.
If you have any questions regarding proper brushing and flossing techniques, please call the office and we will be happy to help.