Brushing and Flossing

BRUSHING

The best way to take care of your mouth is to brush and floss twice a day. Routine brushing plays an important part in oral hygiene. We have been brushing and flossing our teeth for years after years, but are you not surprised to learn that we are not doing these properly? Proper brushing takes two minutes. Generally, we do not come close to brushing that long.

Few steps to follow while brushing:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day at least for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Use soft bristled toothbrush, which prevents wear and tear of the gums and teeth.
  • Change the toothbrush every three months.
  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle along the gum line.
  • Using a back and forth brushing technique, brush the inside surface of each tooth. Use tip of the brush to brush behind each tooth using front and back, top and bottom, and up and down strokes.
  • Using a mouthwash can also help fight plaque.

FLOSSING

Flossing helps keep teeth and gums healthy. Daily flossing is highly recommended for removing plaque along the gum line and between teeth.

To floss correctly, follow these steps:

  • Leaving an inch or two of floss to work with and starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger. Use the thumbs and index fingers to guide floss between teeth.
  • Making a “C” shape, wrap the floss around the sides of each tooth. Ensure that you get between gums and teeth.
  • Check in the mirror while you floss. Your gums should be firm and pink. If they are red, swollen, or bleeding, consult your dentist.
  • Use clean floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
  • The two types of floss are:
    • (a) Nylon (or multifilament) floss
    • (b) PTFE (monofilament) floss