Proper Brushing Techniques


Proper Brushing Technique

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where the teeth and gums meet.

 Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.

 Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.

 Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.

Proper Flossing Technique

⇒ Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.

⇒ When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the sides of each tooth, moving the floss with up and down motions.

⇒ Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.

⇒ Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth!

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