Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. It is important to brush at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush, toothpaste with fluoride, the correct angle of brushing and brushing in a pattern. Angle the bristles of the brush along the gum line at a 45-degree angle and apply firm pressure so the bristles slide under the gum line. Brush in short back and forth strokes and in small circular motions. Brush 2-3 teeth at a time, then move to the next teeth, allowing some overlap. Finally, gently brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue.
While brushing is important, flossing at least once a day removes the plaque between your teeth that the bristles simply can’t reach. Gently guide the floss down between the teeth, pull the floss tightly in a C-shape around the side of the tooth and slide it under the gum line. Clean the surface of the tooth by using an up and down motion. When all the plaque has been removed, you’ll hear the floss start to squeak. Then pull the floss around the next tooth and repeat the process. Gradually work your way around your mouth cleaning both sides of every tooth.
Make sure to follow up, every 6 months, with your periodic exam and cleaning. Give us a call today!