How To Properly Brush & Floss
Ideally, brushing should be done after every meal due to the bacteria that starts to attack the teeth almost immediately after eating. Minimally, brushing should be done once a day and always before bedtime.
Your brush should be comfortable, not too hard, as we tend to put more pressure on our brushes than is necessary. Brushing at a 45 degree angle to your teeth is the most effective method. Use a gentle, rotating motion to massage the gums while cleaning the teeth. Brushing too hard will result in the loss of gum tissue around the teeth, so be gentle and don’t rush. A thorough brushing should take at least two minutes – so try timing yourself – you may be surprised.
Flossing should be done prior to brushing your teeth because it will remove bacteria and plaque that your toothbrush will miss. You will miss two-thirds of the area of your teeth if you don’t floss – that’s something to consider seriously when it comes to your dental health.
Talk to our hygienist about the proper flossing method to use and ask about the type of floss that will be most effective for your teeth.