Daily habits and at-home hygiene are some of the best ways to keep your mouth healthy. By learning how to properly brush and floss, patients can protect their smile. Plaque and bacteria can build up from day to day and cause tooth decay, gum disease and other issues. Take the time to follow and teach these daily hygiene habits.
How to Brush
Everyone should brush their teeth twice a day. We recommend using a soft-bristled brush and switching it out at least every three months. This includes switching out the heads of electronic toothbrushes. (Many patients use electronic toothbrushes, since they are very effective at cleaning teeth.)
When brushing, follow these steps:
- Put the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline.
- Move the brush in small circles to brush the front and back of the teeth.
- Move the brush back and forth to clean to tops of the teeth
- Be sure to avoid scrubbing at or applying pressure while brushing.
- Brush along the surface of the tongue to remove bacteria and food debris.
How to Floss
Flossing cleans below the gumline, between the teeth and other difficult to reach places where cavities tend to appear. To properly floss, Serenity Dental recommends:
- Take a piece of floss, around 18 or so inches.
- Wrap each end around the fingers of each hand, until there are only two or three inches left between.
- Using gentle motions, slide the floss in between the individual teeth and into the gumline.
- Make a C-shape and curve the floss around the tooth, moving it up and down to remove food debris and plaque.
- Avoid cutting your gums and keep the motions gentle.
For any questions about how to properly brush and floss, call 832-301-8433 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Chung and our associates. Our dentists can answer your questions or help teach your child about how to brush and floss in Houston, Texas.