Brushing & Flossing


Brushing & Flossing Your Teeth

The Proper Technique for Brushing & Flossing Your Teeth

Sure you brush your teeth twice a day. You may even brush for the required two minutes. but has anyone ever taught you exactly how to brush?

It’s All In The Wrist – To begin hold the toothbrush at a 45- degree angle to line tooth, so that the bristles gently move between the spaces and between the gum and the tooth in a gentle sideways motion. Next, sweep the brush up then down.

Cover All Bases
– It’s imperative that you work on all surfaces.

Chill Out– Don’t take your frustration out on your teeth. If you find your gums reddening after you brush you’re brushing too hard.

Time Factor – Brushing should take at least two minutes – that’s critical to keep everything healthy and plaque free. Count it out or set a timer just don’t stop before minute mark.

Three Times A Brusher – Ideally you should brush your teeth when you wake up, at bedtime and after every meal. But, three times is a pretty good average to keep.

Little Goes A Long Way – Although toothpaste commercials show actors squirting huge swirls of toothpaste onto their toothbrushes, you really don’t need more than a pea sized amount to do the job. More than that and you’re just wasting. Kids need even less, about the size of the tip of a match.

Baby Brushing – Healthy first teeth also contribute to proper alignment of the jawbones and eventual bite. Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. In the beginning you can wrap a piece of gauze around your finger and rub it across the teeth. Before using toothpaste that contains fluoride check with your dentist.

Flossing Promotes Tooth Longevity – What your brushing can’t reach, flossing can. It removes food particles and plaque that elude your toothbrush, like the areas between the teeth. In fact dentists consider it even more crucial in the prevention of tooth decay and periodontal disease than brushing. But just like brushing, flossing incorrectly can do more harm than good. Make sure you’re doing it right.

Flossing Correctly

  • Rip off about 18 inches of the floss and wrap it around your pointer or middle finger. Wrap the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand, so you’ve got 9 inches between each hand.
  • Pick a spot and make that your designated starting place so you’ll get into the routine of it. Most people pick the space between their two centrals or the molar farthest away.
  • Direct the floss up between the teeth and once floss is in place, hold it tight. Use a sawing motion as you glide it between the teeth.

Next, you need to get the floss under the soft tissue so move it under there in a C – shaped fashion, gliding it back and forth. This will remove the plaque from those critical spaces between your teeth without doing damage to that sometimes sensitive soft tissue. If you hold it instead in a vertical “U” position

  • and pull it up into the soft tissue you can actually do damage.
  • Should your floss get stuck don’t tug on it to get it out. Just slide it out toward you from between the teeth then reposition it and try again. Repeat the same procedure with each of your teeth.

No Excuses

If the idea of flossing just bores you and you’d rather skip, it I bet we can change your attitude. Floss through a few spots between your teeth. Now smell it. Nice huh? That unappetizing smell is what you’ve subjecting those around you to if you don’t floss. So you’re not only hurting your teeth, but hurting others around you as well. And all the Altoids in the world won’t mask it!

Floss For Your Life

There is a direct link between flossing and the prevention of heart disease. Countless studies have proven that poor dental cleaning and lack of flossing can lead to heart problems. Researchers recently found that disease gums released higher levels of bacterial pro-inflammatory component into the bloodstream. These components can find their way to other problems including the heart and increase their risk of failure. There is clear evidence that periodontal disease is implicated in promoting the formation of lesions in blood vessels.