How many times have you heard that you need to brush and floss your teeth every day? This is standard instruction from dentists and parents, but brushing and flossing your teeth daily is essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Although most people feel that it is easy to make brushing and flossing a part of their daily routine, are you getting the maximum benefits? At AZ Dental, we can help you know how to properly brush and floss your teeth in San Jose, California, so you can provide your teeth with maximum protection. Contact us at 408-295-1100 to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Drs. Aulakh, Patel, and Hashemi, and start brushing and flossing correctly.
How to Brush Your Teeth
Most people have been told to brush their teeth every day since they were a child. At our practice, it is no different. We encourage our patients to brush their teeth every day from the moment they receive their first baby tooth. It is recommended that everyone brush their teeth at least twice a day, every day. This is not the maximum amount you can brush your teeth, however; many people enjoy brushing between meals to keep that clean feeling. No matter how often you brush your teeth, it is important to follow these simple steps to make sure that you are getting the most out of your brushing:
- Toothbrushes with soft bristles are best.
- A pea-size amount of toothpaste is plenty for adults; children can use less.
- Move your brush in a circular motion along your teeth, angling the head 45 degrees towards your gums.
- Be sure to clean every side of your tooth. This includes the front, back, and biting surface.
- Don’t forget to brush the tongue!
- Follow the 2×2 rule: brush for 2 minutes, twice a day.
How to Floss Your Teeth
In many cases, people are told to brush their teeth, but the other half of their dental care is left out. Flossing is the other half of brushing your teeth, and it is essential for keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life. Our dentists recommend that you floss at least once a day, preferably at night before bed. This helps remove any food or plaque that has built up throughout the day between your teeth. To make sure that you get the most benefits from flossing, here are some tips on how to do it right:
- 18 inches of floss is a typical amount of floss to use. It is about the distance between your fingertips and elbow.
- Wrapping the floss around your middle fingers helps keep the excess out of the way. Keep about 1 to 2 inches between your fingers.
- Hold the floss tight with your two forefingers and thumbs.
- Slide the floss between your teeth, but be gentle. Going too fast or too hard can cause the floss to cut into your gums.
- Wiggle the floss across both teeth it is between, sliding up and down and a little into the gum line.
- Use a fresh strip of 1 to 2 inches for each tooth.
If you have any questions about how to properly brush or floss your teeth, or about any other oral hygiene practice, we welcome you to call or visit our practice today. We are always happy to help!