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Dallas Dentist Discusses Proper Ways to Brush and Floss

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Dr. Lin and team with the Dallas Dentist is in the business of creating beautiful and healthy smiles! There are numerous benefits to having a wonderful smile including looking more attractive, and boosting self-confidence. Patients are thrilled in knowing that their smile is adding to a great first impression! Keeping a steady routine of proper oral hygiene techniques is the best way to ensure that teeth not only look great, but are healthy as well.

How to Brush

  • Remember to brush at least twice a day, in both the morning and the evening. The Dentist is thrilled to help patients select a toothbrush that will best fit their needs.

  • Brush the teeth in a manner in which the toothbrush is at a 45-degree angle to the teeth.

  • Brush in small and gentle circular movements when the toothbrush is near the gum line.

  • It is not necessary to apply a lot of pressure. This may actually damage the gums and tooth enamel.

  • Make sure to brush every surface of every tooth. Cheek-side, tongue-side, and chewing surfaces. It is especially important to reach all the surfaces of the back teeth.

  • Brush the chewing surfaces by using back and forth strokes.

  • Gently brushing the tongue will assist in removing fungi, food and debris.

Flossing Tips:

  • Remember to floss after meals, or at least twice daily. This is a highly effective way to remove plaque from between teeth. Dental floss comes in all sorts of flavors, so to make the process fun - select a flavor that will taste good.

  • Use a piece of floss that is about 18” long.

  • Wrap one end of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand. Then wrap the other end of floss around the middle finger of the right hand until the hands are 2-3 inches apart.

  • Gently work the floss between the teeth and toward the gum line.

  • Curve the floss in a U-shape around each tooth, carefully sliding it beneath the gum line.

  • Be sure to carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove inter-dental plaque and leftover food particles.

For patients with additional questions, please contact theDallas, TX Dentist Office. A member of our dental staff will be more than happy to answer them for you.

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