Double-Check Your Dental Hygiene Habits This Year

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While brushing your teeth, be sure to move the brush in small circle motions in order to remove food particles from the gum line. To clean the surface areas of the teeth, angle the brush and be sure to take the time to clean the between the teeth as well as the front, back, and side area of the teeth thoroughly. Make sure you clean the surface area of the teeth and molars. Finish your brushing routine by cleaning off the tongue and top of the mouth. A tongue scraper should also be used. You should brush between two and four times a day.

– Brush after breakfast
– Brush after lunch/school/work
– Brush after dinner
– Brush before going to bed

If you notice your toothbrush is frayed, replace it. Keep your toothbrush stored upright to avoid it developing mold or bacteria. You can sterilize your toothbrush with antiseptic mouthwash or boiling water.

Daily brushing will prevent plaque growth and keep your gums healthy. Practice correct flossing techniques by wrapping each end around your middle fingers and using the floss to scrape between teeth in a C shape down to the gum line. The gums may bleed the first few times, but this will stop after a few days.

For further brushing and flossing instructions, please contact Dr. [dentist_name] at our dental office in Countryside, Illinois, today.