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You know that brushing and flossing your teeth are both important, but do you know which should come first? Would you be surprised to learn that the order doesn’t really matter? In reality, it’s far more important that you brush and floss properly.

As you may know, you should brush twice a day—but did you know that you should remember to brush for two minutes at a time? You should also remember to brush in circular motions to remove as much plaque from your teeth as possible. Sadly, if you don’t remove your plaque, it will turn into tartar. At that point, you’ll need help from a dental professional to help you remove it.

However, while knowing proper brushing technique is important, you’ll also need to know how to floss correctly. For example, did you know that you’ll need to use at least a foot and a half long piece of floss each time? You should also remember to floss each tooth with a different part of floss to stop bacteria from spreading in your mouth. Similarly, when you floss, please remember to pull up and down instead of back and forth. Doing so will allow you to remove as much plaque as possible. Furthermore, please brush gently. You see, if you brush too hard, you could accidentally cause damage your gums—which could lead to bleeding.

If you are interested in learning more about what you can do to floss and brush your teeth properly, we invite you to contact Garth Collins, DDS at 916.985.2550. Dr. Garth Collins and our team will be happy to answer any question you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.