How to Properly Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Nobody is born with an innate knowledge of the best way to brush and floss their teeth.
At Dental Solutions, we have seen countless patients who brush and floss every day, thinking they are doing the best thing for their dental health, but are not reaping the benefits of this important habit.
As your family’s dentist in Jonesboro, AR, we take patient education very seriously. We’ll take the time at each appointment to review your home care routine and look for any areas that might be tripping you up.
If you’re due for an appointment, give us a call to schedule. If you’re currently between appointments, however, double check your technique against these quick guides.
Guide to Good Brushing
- Use a soft-bristled brush. Medium or firm bristles can actually damage your enamel or your gums.
- Brush in a gentle, circular motion. Don’t scrub back and forth.
- Brush for at least two minutes, spending 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth. Apps for your smart phone can help you time this.
- Angle your brush so that the bristles gently massage your gumline. This helps to dislodge plaque and other particles hiding just beneath the gumline.
- Brush at least two times per day.
Guide to Good Flossing
- Choose a floss type that is appropriate for your needs. If you have widely spaced teeth, you may benefit from a tape or ribbon type of floss. If your teeth have minimal space between them, look for a floss designed to slide into these tight spots.
- Use about two feet of floss. Loosely wrap the floss around the middle finger of each hand.
- Work around your mouth, adjusting the floss so you are always using a clean section.
- Slide the floss between your teeth, gently pressing into the gum tissue at the base of each tooth. Do not snap the floss or work quickly since this can cause injury.
- Floss before you brush at night before bed.
Want to learn more?
Call our Jonesboro dental office today to schedule your next examination with Dr. Harmon or Dr. Burris!