How to Properly Brush and Floss

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Learning how to properly brush and floss is one of the first steps in maintaining the highest degree of quality dental health. As a matter of fact, by simply maintaining a good brushing and flossing program at home, you can easily avoid some of the more serious dental health diseases that are common today. From periodontal disease to cavities and other similar problems with teeth, good dental health starts at home. Knowing how to properly brush and floss is at the very core of taking care of your teeth in your home environment. 

Gentle and Delicate 

One of the best ways to get it right when it comes to properly brushing your teeth is to have the right toothbrush. Choose carefully in this regard and always lean towards choosing a softer brush as opposed to one with more firm bristles. Brushing should always be gentle and delicate and should not damage the teeth or gums. With a soft bristle brush, you are far less likely to cause damage or injury. Another important aspect of good brushing is to change your toothbrush frequently. Some professionals recommend changing your toothbrush at least every couple of months. 

Hold the Bristles at a 45° Angle 

How to Properly Brush and Floss

This helps to ensure that bristles are clean and not damaged. This also will reduce the build-up of bacteria in the toothbrush over time. Equally important is to get into the habit of cleaning your toothbrush thoroughly with fresh water after brushing your teeth. This helps to reduce the amounts of bacteria that may remain dormant in the toothbrush until the next time you choose to brush. When brushing, simply hold the bristles at a 45° angle against the teeth and gently and delicately stroke the brush back and forth in short movements. This is the easiest and best way to get a good brushing and remove bacteria, plaque and food particles. 

Move it Gently Between Each Tooth 

When it comes to flossing, choose a good dental floss that is strong. You will also have the option of choosing a floss that is waxed or unwaxed. This is a personal preference where one is typically not better than the other. Once you determine which floss will be best for your needs, cut off a small section of string and simply move it gently between each tooth in an up-and-down motion as a way to dislodge and remove food particles and bacteria. One important aspect of flossing that sometimes goes overlooked is the rinse stage. After flossing rinse vigorously with fresh clean water to help further remove food particles and bacteria. Contact your Walnut Creek dentist, Dr. Massood Darvishzadeh, at Walnut Creek Dental for more information.

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