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Be sure to make small circle motions with the toothbrush while brushing in order to clean food particles off the gum line. While brushing, be sure to hold the toothbrush at an angle, and be sure to clean the entirety of each tooth, including the surfaces, between the surfaces, and the front and back of each tooth. Brushing your tongue is also important as well as the mouth’s roof before you finish your brushing. A tongue scraper should be used to remove food particles. In order to prevent plaque, you should brush between two to four times per day.

– You should brush after breakfast
– Brush after lunch, work, or school
– After you finish dinner
– And before you go to bed

If you notice your toothbrush has become well-used, replace it. Use an upright container for your brush to make sure it dries out after use to avoid it developing bacteria and mold. You can also kill bacteria on the brush with mouthwash or boiling water.

Daily flossing will help you maintain the health of your gums while also reducing plaque build-up. Correct flossing requires you wrap both ends around your middle fingers and use it between the teeth in a C-shape down to the gum line. You may notice bleeding the first few times you floss, but this should stop after a few days.

For more flossing instructions, please contact your neighborhood friendly dentist, Dr. Garth Collins at Garth Collins, DDS in Folsom, California, today.