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As you may already know, it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss your smile once a day. These techniques are extremely beneficial because they thoroughly clean each tooth, removing the plaque, food particles, and other harmful substances that live on your smile. However, these techniques are only beneficial if you perform them correctly. So, to help you know how to properly brush and floss, our Bryce E. Justesen, DDS team has provided the following guidelines:

How to brush:

1. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline.

2. Apply just enough pressure to the toothbrush to feel the bristles against your teeth and gums. Don’t put so much pressure that the bristles bend and squish.

3. Brush every section of each tooth, including the inner, outer, and top surfaces. As you brush, use soft, circular motions and be gentle as you brush along the gumline.

4. When you brush the front teeth, hold the brush vertically and use an up-and-down motion to clean the front and back of the chompers.

5. Brush each tooth thoroughly and be extremely careful as you brush near the gums.

6. When you are done brushing, scrub your tongue to remove the bacteria and germs that live there.

How to floss:

1. Use 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around the middle finger on one of your hands. Then, wrap the rest around the middle finger of your other hand. This will help you have the control you need.

2. Have about 1 inch of floss between your fingers and gently glide that section through the crevices of your smile. Use a gentle sawing motion as you do so.

3. When you reach the gumline, curve the floss into a C and scrape it against your tooth.

4. Scrape the sides of each tooth and don’t forget to clean between the back molars.

5. Repeat this process for each tooth and make sure to be gentle along the gumline. If you haven’t brushed in awhile, your gums might feel sore or tender. This is normal and it should go away the more you floss.

In addition to brushing and flossing, please remember that you also need to rinse your mouth daily with mouthwash and attend your six month checkups. If you need to schedule your next appointment with your dentist, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen, or if you would like to know more about oral hygiene in Mesa, Arizona, please call 480.827.1234 today! We look forward to helping you.