“Prevention is better than cure” is a saying that definitely applies to your dental health. Knowing the best ways of doing simple things like how to brush your teeth effectively and how to floss properly will set your oral health routine on the right track. You may think you’ve been doing it right all these years but there’s always room for improvement where mouth health is concerned. For example, did you know that you can use different parts of the toothbrush for different areas of the teeth? It may seem basic but take a look at our guides below for the low-down on how to brush teeth and how to floss.
Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
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BRUSHING: STEP 1
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
BRUSHING: STEP 2
Brush gently in a circular motion.
BRUSHING: STEP 3
Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
BRUSHING: STEP 4
Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.
FLOSSING: STEP 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
FLOSSING: STEP 2
Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
FLOSSING: STEP 3
Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
FLOSSING: STEP 4
Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.
Preventive dental care is all about stopping potential issues before they cause problems in your mouth. To avoid cavities and tooth decay, use the proven methods of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing your teeth at least once a day to keep your teeth, gums and dentist happy. Don’t forget to make your appointment with us to schedule your next check-up.