Brushing Your Teeth

Effective tooth brushing takes a minimum of 2 minutes both morning and night. While brushing use a 45-degree angle with the toothbrush bristles pointed towards your gums. Be sure to reachall surfaces of your teeth, cheek side, tongue side, and chewing surface. Be thorough, be gentleand don’t forget to brush your tongue!

Flossing Your Teeth

Flossing is a very important part of your daily oral care. While brushing gets 3 of your 5 surfaces, flossing gets the other 2 surfaces. Pull 12 to 18 inches of floss from the dispenser. Wrap each end around your index or middle fingers. Gently snap the floss between each tooth space and create a C shape around each tooth before snapping the floss out of the gap. This ensures that you are cleaning both teeth in that specific contact area

Should I brush my gums?
It is recommended that you brush your gums every time you brush your teeth. It is just as important to remove plaque and bacteria from your gum tissue as it is from your tooth structure.
Does a rinse or mouthwash help?
Most hygienists suggest a three-step oral hygiene routine. There is a wide variety of rinses that may work for you depending on your personal needs. Ask your hygienist at your next appointment for the one that would fit best!
Is water flossing the same as flossing?
Yes, it can be if used as directed. However, we do recommend continuing to floss at least twice a week while using the water flosser.
Is it really that important to floss?
Yes, brushing your teeth only cleans 3 out of the 5 surfaces on your teeth. Flossing reaches the other 2. Floss as much as you can to keep the cavities away and keep those other surfaces clean!
How often should I change my toothbrush and/or toothbrush head?
Once the toothbrush bristles get bent or worn down which is approximately every 2 to 3 months.