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How To Brush And Floss

How to Brush Your Teeth

  • Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles.
  • Squeeze a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on your brush.
  • Set your brush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth.
  • Direct the bristles to where your gums and teeth meet.
  • Use a gentle, circular, massaging motion, up and down. Don’t scrub.
  • Clean every surface of every tooth. The chewing surface, the cheek side and the tongue side.
  • Gently brush your tongue. This removes bacteria and helps freshen breath.
  • A thorough brushing should take at least two to three minutes.
  • You should replace your toothbrush every three months.

How to Floss Your Teeth

  • Take a length of floss equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder.
  • Wrap it around your index or middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your hands.
  • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers. Gently guide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a “C” shape around the base of the tooth.
  • Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
  • Be sure to floss both sides of every tooth. Remember the backs of your last molars.
  • Go to a new section of floss as it wears and picks up particles.