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Dental Tips

Did you know that you need to brush for at least two minutes to properly clean your teeth? While many people believe they know the proper techniques of brushing and flossing, it’s easy to fall into bad habits. Check out our step-by-step tutorials to make sure you’re getting your teeth as clean as possible.

Brushing

  1. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, select one that has soft bristles and a small head to reach all the surface areas on your teeth and help avoid irritating your gums. Powered toothbrushes can also be good choices, but discuss your options with us, if possible, before buying one.
  2. Place a pea-sized dollop of fluoride toothpaste on the surface of your brush. Most toothpastes will do a good job cleaning teeth. However, there are a number of specialty toothpastes to choose from, including everything from brands that claim to strengthen enamel to products that claim to specially reduce gingivitis. You may want to talk with us to help decide what toothpaste is best for you.
  3. Using short strokes, gently brush each tooth, making sure to brush the gum line, back teeth, and crowns or fillings. When brushing along the gum line, be sure to tilt the brush at about a 45-degree angle toward the gums to clean them thoroughly.
  4. To be sure that you don’t miss any teeth, try to follow a regular pattern: cleaning the front of each tooth, top and bottom, first; then the back of each tooth, top and bottom; and finally the top, or chewing surface, of each tooth, top and bottom. Remember this should take you at least two minutes. Try using a clock to gauge how long that is. Many powered toothbrushes have an automatic timer system that can help you.
  5. Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria from its surface.
  6. Try to brush like this at least twice a day, or ideally after every meal. In no time you will have established a good brushing habit that will help keep your teeth looking their best.

Flossing

Let’s face it: few of us enjoy flossing. However, regular flossing is critical to preserving healthy gums. Since improper flossing can actually damage your gums, it’s a good idea to follow the steps below whenever you floss.

  1. Pull about 18 inches of dental floss from its container, wrapping the floss around your middle fingers so that you have about an inch or so of floss to use. There are generally two types of dental floss available on the market—nylon and monofilament floss. Because it is made of several strands of material, nylon dental floss, which is available in waxed and unwaxed varieties, may sometimes tear or shred as you are using it. On the other hand, monofilament floss, while more expensive, generally slides more easily between teeth. When used properly, both types are effective at removing debris. It’s best to try different types to see what’s best for you, or ask us for help if you have questions.
  2. As you hold the floss between your thumb and index finger, slide the floss between each tooth, running it between the surfaces before pulling the floss around the base of each tooth and gently going beneath the gum line to clean the areas of debris and bacteria. Never force or tug the floss.
  3. To remove the floss, gently slide it back and forth until it is free from the space between the teeth. Never tug or snap the floss out of the teeth.
  4. Wind the floss along your fingers, using fresh sections of floss for the space between each tooth.
  5. Be sure to pay special attention to back teeth.
  6. By diligently flossing, you can help keep both your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Flossing for Children:

Children’s teeth should generally be flossed starting at about age four, using the techniques above. By age eight, most kids are able to floss their own teeth, though it’s important to watch them, especially when they are first starting, to ensure that they are developing good habits.

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Since 1976, Advanced Dental Care has been a dental home to generations of patients throughout the Plymouth, Wisconsin area. | MORE

62 South Pleasant View Road
Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073

Phone: (920) 892-8466
Fax: (920) 892-8467
mary@advanceddentalcaresc.com

Office Hours: Monday - Friday
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