How to Brush Your Teeth + How to Floss Properly

Good oral health requires proper brushing and flossing habits.

Brushing

When you brush, make sure you are holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes.  Make sure all chewing surfaces of the teeth get a proper scrubbing.  To clean the inside surface of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make up-and-down strokes.  Do not forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breathe fresh!

Flossing

When flossing, use about a foot and a half and wind it around both of your middle fingers.  Holding the floss between your index finger and thumb, insert it gently between the teeth.  Next, curve the floss in a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.  Then, rub the floss up and down against the tooth.  Remember not to make a jerking or snapping motion with the floss.  Do not forget to floss behind your back teeth. Also, decay visible in the form of cavities is a bacterial infection of the hard tooth structure.  This is the major cause of tooth loss in children and the major cause of root canal infections. Find toothpaste with fluoride.

Dr. Mishaan and his staff would be happy to show you the correct way to brush and Floss.. Please feel free to call (212.730.4440) our office for a private consultation, or schedule an appointment with Dr. Mishaan.