What is the Proper Technique for Brushing and Flossing?

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You may have heard that the health of your teeth and the health of your body are connected. This is another reason that you should brush your teeth twice daily and floss every day. Still, while brushing and flossing are both extremely important to your oral health, do you ever wonder which should come first, or if there might be anything about your brushing and flossing routine that you might be able to improve?

When you brush your pearly whites, please don’t forget to use small circular motions. If you are using an electric toothbrush, check to see if it uses the circular motion. You should also hold your brush at a 45-degree angle because doing so will help you remove as much plaque and bacteria as possible. Finally, please don’t forget to brush for two minutes at a time every time you brush to remove as much plaque as possible.

Flossing correctly should also be extremely important to your oral hygiene. Every time you floss, please use a piece of floss that’s about 18 inches long. You may be used to moving your floss back and forth, but please remember to move your floss up and to hold it in a “c” shape. Finally, it’s important that you clean below your gumline with your floss since your toothbrush won’t be able to.

A final thing you should know about is the order you should brush or floss your teeth in. Some claim that brushing your teeth first makes flossing more effective. Others say that flossing your pearly whites will let your toothbrush reach even more food particles. However, either order will be effective.

If you’d like to learn more about about caring for your teeth in Olathe, Kansas, please feel free to give Sylvia A. Spradlin a call at 913-780-0123. Dr. Sylvia A. Spradlin and our team will be happy to answer your questions and offer you personalized advice. We’re excited to meet with you.