Proper Brushing and Flossing Techniques

When it comes to the care of your teeth, proper brushing and flossing techniques do make a difference in the health of your mouth.  Establishing a daily oral care routine should not be difficult.

Types of Toothbrushes:

Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes and bristle styles.  Here are some tips to help you choose.

-The ends of the bristles should be rounded; jagged ends can damage your gums.

-Most individuals will benefit from a soft bristled brush.  Softer bristles will be gentler on tooth enamel, even if you have a heavy hand when brushing.

-The head of the toothbrush should fit comfortable in your mouth.  If the head is too large, you may not be able to properly brush your back teeth.

-Replace your toothbrush every three to four months.  Grayed or worn out bristles will do more damage than good.


Brushing Techniques:

Brushing too hard can wear away the tooth enamel and cause sensitivity.

-Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the tooth surface.

-Use short, gentle back and forth strokes.

-Clean all of the surfaces of your teeth.  The inside, outside, and chewing surfaces are all important.

-To brush the inside surfaces of your front teeth hold the brush vertically. Use gentle up and down brush strokes.

-Do not forget to brush your tongue.