Proper brushing and flossing are essential for ensuring the health and brightness of your smile over your lifetime. Brushing and flossing every day helps prevent dental problems such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, bad breath (halitosis) and discoloration and staining of your teeth. Our orthodontists and team have provided instructions for you here on how to most effectively brush and floss.
How to Brush
Brush your teeth at least twice day for at least two minutes and make sure to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Brushing is most effective first thing in the morning after you wake up and right before bedtime. The toothbrush should be soft bristled with a small head. We recommend you use an ADA®-approved toothbrush for best results. Your toothbrush should be replaced every three months, as it becomes less effective over time due to wearing down from brushing.
You may also want to try an electric toothbrush, as they have been shown to be very effective in cleaning teeth.
While brushing your teeth, you should:
How to Floss
Flossing is an essential part of your daily routine, as it cleans between the teeth and removes debris that can be missed while brushing. Flossing also prevents the development of bacteria that can cause tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
When you floss, we recommend that you:
If you have any questions on how to properly brush and floss, we encourage you to speak with our orthodontists and team. We will provide you with the tools you need to maintain a healthy smile. Contact us today!