Dr. Koch’s Brushing & Flossing Tips

Daily Oral Brushing & Flossing

Regular brushing and flossing, along with dental check ups, goes a long way to maintaining good oral hygiene and providing you with a lifetime of smiles.

Brushing – Benefits of Effective Brushing

Was not that favorite food or drink you just enjoyed delicious? Your taste buds are satisfied and your hunger pangs are satiated, but are you aware that along with that satisfied feeling you have bacteria is instantly beginning to attach to the enamel of your teeth and starting to seep or wedge into your gum line. If you do not remove the bacteria properly, plaque develops. Plaque is a colorless, acid-producing film that causes periodontal disease. By brushing daily, you remove the plaque and lessen the chances of developing cavities or gum disease. Your most effective, first-step dental care is proper brushing. Advanced Dental Care can teach you proper brushing techniques and recommend specific oral care products based on your individual needs.

Brushing – Easy, Effective Brushing

Advanced Dental Care considers your individual needs and recommends the preferred brush you should use. Most often, the recommendation is a brush with soft, rounded or polished bristles. This type of brush is less likely to injure your gums or cause damage to the surface of your teeth. As for toothpaste, you should use an amount of toothpaste that is equivalent to the size of a small pea. After applying toothpaste to the brush, position your toothbrush at a right angle where your teeth and gums meet starting at the outer surfaces. Using a small amount of pressure, brush in a circular motion several times to ensure the bristles rotate between the teeth. The same method of brushing is applicable for the inside surfaces of your back teeth. For brushing the inside of the upper and lower front teeth, use vertical strokes over each tooth, and remember to include the gentle brushing of your gum line.

When brushing the biting surfaces of your teeth, you want to use short, gentle strokes. It is the back-and-forth motion that helps to remove the food particles that you freed by correctly brushing between your teeth and near the gum line.

After brushing your teeth, you want to thoroughly rinse your mouth out to remove any plaque or food particles you loosened during your brushing. In addition, you want to rinse your toothbrush with tap water to remove any remaining toothpaste or food fragments. The brush should rest in an upright position away from other toothbrushes and be stored in an open space away from the sink and toilet. Advanced Dental Care cautions that worn out toothbrushes cannot properly clean your teeth and may even injure your gums; therefore, they recommend toothbrushes be replaced every three to four months or when the bristles lose their effectiveness.

When you follow the recommend method of brushing your teeth as summarized above, you are on your way to complete and effective dental care.

Flossing – Benefits of Effective Flossing

While effective brushing is the first step in proper dental care, Advanced Dental Care states brushing alone will not reach those hard, in-between surfaces of your teeth or the deep, down plaque or food particles that lodge beneath your gum line. The trapped bacteria promote tooth decay and periodontal disease; therefore, along with brushing your teeth daily, you want to floss daily. Advanced Dental Care can instruct you on the fine art of flossing. With practice, you will discover flossing only takes a few minutes a day to help you maintain proper dental care.

Flossing – Easy, Effective Flossing

Your main goal when flossing is to get into the hard to reach spaces between your teeth, the areas where the bristles of your toothbrush are not able to reach. To be able to reach into these tight spaces, you will want to work with dental floss. Dental floss is composed of nylon, can be waxed, un-waxed, or woven with a fluoride mixture. Another option, although more expensive, is a single filament floss which slides easily between teeth with extremely tight spaces and is practically shred-resistant. Both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris. With various dental flosses available, if you are not sure which dental floss will work best for you, Advanced Dental Care can evaluate your teeth and dental situation and recommend the floss suited towards your specific dental needs.

Flossing begins by breaking off an 18-inch long piece of floss. You want to lightly wrap most of the floss around your middle finger on one hand and the remaining floss around the middle finger of the other hand.

Start with your upper teeth. Hold the floss between your thumb and index finger. Next, gently insert the floss between your teeth while moving the floss in a back and forth motion. When you have reached your gum line, you want to curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth. Using a sliding motion, move the floss between the tooth and gum until you meet with resistance. Now that the floss is in place, start an up and down motion, working your way further under the gum line. You should be careful not to cut into the tissue surrounding the tooth. In addition, note you want to remember one insertion of dental floss equals two teeth you need to floss around. Proceed with the flossing process, and remember to turn from one index finger to the other for a fresh section of floss. Continue until you have flossed all your upper teeth.

Flossing your lower teeth uses the same technique as you used for the upper teeth; however, here, you will use your index fingers to guide the floss. Make sure you floss the backside of the last tooth on both sides: upper and lower.

Again, just as with brushing, vigorously rinse your mouth to remove the plaque and food particles your thorough flossing dislodged. Dispose of the used dental floss.

Your effective dental care begins at home with you. By brushing and flossing, you help prevent cavitiestoothachesoral cancer, and periodontal diseases. By brushing and flossing, you also help Advanced Dental Care help you maintain proper dental health.