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If you want a strong and successful oral health, then you need to properly clean your smile each and every day. You can do so by brushing every morning and every night and flossing before you head to bed for the night. However, these tasks are only helpful if they’re accurate and effective. So, to help you make sure you have proper brushing and flossing techniques, our ADC Dental & Denture Clinic Inc. dental team has provided the following instructions:

Brushing

Step 1: Make sure you have the best tools to clean your smile, like a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. The soft bristles will thoroughly scrub your smile, even though it might not sound like it, and properly care for your gums.

Step 2: Put the toothpaste on the brush and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. Use just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums and between your teeth. However, make sure you refrain from squishing the bristles.

Step 3: Now, use a gentle circular motion to scrub the inner, outer, and top surfaces of each tooth. Make sure you scrub every tooth in your smile and you do so for two minutes twice each day.

Step 4: After you’re done scrubbing your chompers, brush your tongue to remove the bacteria and provide a clean, fresh breath.

Flossing

Step 1: Start with about 18 inches of floss—it doesn’t matter which product you use. Wind most of the floss around one of your middle fingers and then wind the rest around the same finger on the other hand. Make sure to keep about an inch of floss between your two index fingers with little slack.

Step 2: Use that inch of floss to clean between your teeth. Glide the floss into the crevice between two of your teeth. As you do so, use a gentle sawing motion and scrape the floss along the side of each tooth.

Step 3: When you get to the gumline, curve the floss into a “C” shape. Then, gently send the floss between the gumline and the bottom of the tooth. This will help reduce your chances of falling victim to gum disease.

Step 4: Once you are done cleaning along the gumline, remove the floss from the crevice between the teeth and move onto the next space. However, as you move from tooth to tooth, make sure you use a clean section of floss. It’s important to floss at least once a day.

In addition to brushing and flossing, please remember to rinse your mouth once a day with a beneficial mouthwash and visit your dentist, every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. For more information and details about oral hygiene in Medford, Oregon, please call our office at 541-772-8280. Drs. Rania Haddad, Gary Lewellyn, and Richard Miller along with the rest of our team look forward to helping you!