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Brushing and Flossing 


What Is the Right Way to Brush?
Correct tooth-brushing takes at least two minutes. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gum-line, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration. Concentrate on thoroughly cleaning each section as follows:

  • Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
  • Clean the chewing surfaces
  • For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too
 brush at a 45° angle  brush the outside  brush your tongue

Tilt the against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.

Gently , inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Gently to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

What Type of Toothbrush Should I Use?
Most dental professionals agree that a medium to soft bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Small-headed brushes are also preferable, since they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. For many, a powered toothbrush is a good alternative. It can do a better job of cleaning teeth, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing or who have limited manual dexterity.

How Important is the Toothpaste I Use?
It is important that you use a toothpaste that's right for you. Today there is a wide variety of toothpaste designed for many conditions, including cavities, gingivitistartar, stained teeth and sensitivity. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist which toothpaste is right for you.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?
You should replace your toothbrush when it begins to show wear, or every three months, whichever comes first. It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold, since the bristles can collect germs that can lead to reinfection.


What Is the Right Way to Floss?

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach - under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following technique:

  • Starting with about an arms length of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently past the tight contact point between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion.
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth by winding the floss from one finger to the other.
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth

What Type of Floss Should I Use?

There are two types of floss from which to choose:

  • Nylon (or multifilament) floss
  • PTFE (monofilament) floss

Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points.

Single filament (PTFE) floss, such as Oral B Pro Expert floss, slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant.

When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris.

We stock a variety of floss in the practice. If you are unsure which is the best floss for you to use, our staff are more than happy to demonstrate each type and give you expert advice.