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Brushing & Flossing – Wilshire Center Dental Group

3932 Wilshire Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA 90010

Opening Hours : Monday - Friday / 8:30 AM - 5 PM
  Contact : (213) 386-3336

Brushing & Flossing

Cleaning

Effective and thorough tooth brushing removes plaque and food particles from tooth surfaces. There are many acceptable toothbrushing methods.

Here is once effective method:

1. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle (tilt) to the gums. 2. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. 3. Brush the inner (tongue side) and outer tooth surfaces.
4. Brush the chewing surfaces. 5. Brush the inside of the front teeth. 6. Brush your tongue, too.

Follow this procedure for a recommended 2 minutes, in the morning and before you go to bed. Flossing is also recommended for optimal cleaning between your teeth.

Flossing

Even if you brush every day, decay-causing bacteria still lingers between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. One way to remove hard-to-reach plaque is with dental floss. Flossing removes plaque and food particles between teeth.

Here is one effective method:

1. Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around one of your fingers. 2. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger on the your other hand. 3. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them.
4. Use a gentle rubbing motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk or snap the floss into your gums. 5. When you reach the gum line, curve into a ” C ” shape against one tooth. 6. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and tooth until you feel resistance. Gently rub the side of the tooth moving away from the gum.

Follow this procedure between each of your teeth, repeat as necessary. It is recommended to floss BEFORE you brush to remove and loosen plaque before the brush.