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How to Properly Brush & Floss

How to properly brush floss - Newmarket dentists by Woo Dental

Brushing your teeth should be easy, yet so many people do it in haste. Regardless of what kind of toothbrush you use, here are some rules to follow:​

  1. Wet your brush with a little bit of water and put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the bristles.
  2. Gently brush against your teeth and gums at a 45-degree angle. Use short, circular movements. Make sure you get the inner sides of your teeth, behind your front teeth, plus on and around your molars.
  3. Brush your tongue and the insides of your cheeks, too. It can be easy to forget to brush over these parts. Once you make it a habit of it though, it’ll be easier to remember.
  4. Make sure you’ve brushed your teeth for over 2 minutes. Make it part of your routine to time yourself when you’re brushing.​ Use a timer or count the seconds in your head.
  5. Spit and rinse your mouth out with cold water. Afterwards, floss and rinse with mouthwash.

Flossing is another step in oral hygiene that most people actually skip. Flossing should be done at least once a day. It’s importan​t to remember that you should only floss once a day. Flossing too many times can irritate your gums. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you floss your teeth better:

  1. If you’re using a roll of floss, snip off about 15-18 inches and wind most of it around the middle finger of your less dominant hand. The other side of the floss should be around the middle finger of your opposite hand.
  2. Use your thumb and pointer fingers to hold the floss and guide it between your teeth in gentle motions.
  3. As you go between each tooth, your floss will get dirty. Unravel the clean floss from your less dominant hand inch by inch. At the same time, the middle finger on your opposite hand rolls up the used parts of the floss.
  4. When you reach a gum line, gently slide the floss into space by curving it into a C shape. Be gentle when you’ve got this part so you don’t damage your gums​.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for the rest of your teeth.
  6. Once you’ve finished, throw away your dental floss. If you run out of floss before you end going through each tooth, just get more. Never reuse a piece of floss. This could potentially leave behind more bacteria rather than taking it out.
  7. Rinse out your mouth with cold water or mouthwash. 

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