Appropriate brushing and flossing in 4 simple steps

Tooth Brushing

Brushing

Step 1

Take your toothbrush and put it at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

Step 2

Following a circular motion, brush your teeth gently.

Step 3

Be sure of brushing the outer and inner surfaces of each tooth. Do the same with the chewing surfaces.

Step 4

Do not miss the inner surface of your front teeth using the tip of your brush.

Flossing

Step 1

Try to get at least 18 inches of floss. Wind most of the ends around both of your middle fingers. One of those fingers will take up the floss as it becomes worn.

Step 2

While holding the floss firmly between your thumbs and forefingers, guide it between your teeth using a light rubbing motion. Do never splinter the floss into the gums.

Step 3

Once the flossing action reaches your gum line, draw a C shape against the tooth. Then slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Remember to do it gently

Step 4

Keeping the floss tightly against the tooth, rub the side of the tooth with up and down motions. Repeat this sequence with the rest of your teeth. Without missing the back side of your last tooth.

When done, throw the floss away. A used piece of floss could leave bacteria behind in your mouth and won’t be as effective as a new piece.

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