Brushing and flossing are the two most important aspects of your home care routine. Although professional cleanings will remove the tartar, plaque, and debris in your mouth, there is no replacement for excellent homecare methods. If you have questions about brushing and flossing your teeth, and to make your appointment with our dentist in Glendale, Arizona, please call our office at 602-942-0623.
How to Properly Brush
You should brush your teeth at least twice each day – ideally in the morning when you wake up and before you go to bed at night. We recommended that you use an ADA-approved toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You should also switch out your toothbrush about every 3 months. You may also consider using an electric toothbrush in your home care routine to increase the effectiveness of brushing your teeth.
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to where the gums and teeth meet
- Use small, circular motions
- Do not scrub harshly or apply too much pressure
- Brush every surface of the tooth – cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces
- Pay special attention to the surfaces of your back teeth
- Brush the tongue to remove food, debris, and fungi
How to Properly Floss
Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and below the gum line, and it breaks up bacterial colonies to help prevent periodontal disease. We recommend choosing floss that will be easy and pleasant to use.
- Cut a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long
- Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand and the other around the middle finger of the right hand. Your hands should be 2-3 inches apart
- Work the floss gently between the teeth toward the gum line
- Curve the floss in a U-shape around each tooth
- Move the floss up and down several times
- Do not pop the floss in and out between the teeth, as this will cut the gums
- Switch to a new section of floss as needed
For more information about brushing and flossing, and to make an appointment with Dr. Dorsey W. Baker, please contact our office.