- How to Brush Your Teeth: Follow a simple format each time that you brush your teeth. Brush your teeth in gentle circular motions without applying too much pressure on your teeth. Too much pressure will damage your tooth enamel.
- When you’re done cleaning your teeth complete your ritual with a complete oral hygiene treatment. This includes brushing your tongue, brushing the roof of your mouth, flossing between each of your teeth and using mouthwash. The right technique will help to eliminate cavities, bleeding gums caused by gingivitis, and bad breath. You might also want to consider brushing and flossing in between meals if food gets caught in your teeth. Forgetting to brush your teeth at night can mean leaving bacteria in your mouth overnight. Obviously, this can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. In addition, it can give you a bad case of morning breath
- How to floss your teeth: Start with floss that has "grab" to it. Anything that doesn't shred also doesn't take the plaque off the teeth. Good old fashioned "name brand" waxed or un-waxed is best. Wrap the ends of an 18-inch to 24-inch section of floss around your middle fingers. Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers of both hand. Use your thumbs to floss your upper teeth. Use your index finger to floss your bottom teeth. Gently work the floss in between your teeth. When you reach the gum line, curve into a "C" shape around the tooth, making sure to go below the gum line. Gently glide the floss up and down several times between each tooth, including the back sides of your back teeth. Pull the floss against the tooth while flossing. Unwind new floss from one hand to the other as you go, so that you are flossing with a fresh piece of floss.
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