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Of course, you know that it is essential to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a day, but did you know that the technique you use to brush and floss your teeth has severe effects on the health and longevity of your teeth? It is vital to use the correct methods for optimal plaque removal to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Listed below are several different brushing and flossing techniques. Make sure to discuss with your dentist or dental hygienist which method will work best for you. 

Circular Brushing Method

Angle your toothbrush toward your teeth and gums and use a circular motion for 2-3 teeth at once. This is the easiest brushing technique and is usually recommended for children.

Bass Brushing Technique

Hold the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your teeth, allowing the bristles to slip slightly underneath your gums and use a vibrating back and forth stroke, accessing 2-3 teeth at a time. Make sure to spend an adequate amount of time in each spot before moving on to the next.

Modified Bass Brushing Technique

Using the same technique as bass, but using a rolling motion away from the gums after each set of teeth (a rolling stroke upward for the bottom teeth and downward for the upper teeth).

Rolling Stroke Brushing Method

In this method, you will use a rolling technique with your toothbrush away from the gums. Angle the bristles toward the gum line and roll the toothbrush away from the gums.

Electric Toothbrush Technique

To use an electric toothbrush, make sure to let the toothbrush do the work for you. Electric toothbrushes use their unique type of toothbrush technique (usually an oscillating or sweeping motion), so you simply have to access the teeth and gum line and slowly bring the toothbrush across, accessing every tooth.

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“C” Flossing Method

This is the best technique to use with manual dental floss. It involves accessing the space between teeth with the floss and then hugging the floss slightly around each tooth to remove as much plaque as possible. After guiding the floss through the space between teeth, first, hug the front tooth, go over the gums but not out of the contact, and hug the floss around the back tooth, then move on to the next area.

Floss Wands

With floss wands, you are unable to use c-method flossing, so make sure to access the contact by guiding the floss through, and make sure to access underneath the gum line with the floss.

Water Flosser

A water flosser uses a jet of water to flush out bacteria. It may take some practice to get into the groove. Find the right angle to spray the jet of water between each tooth. 

If you have any questions about brushing or flossing techniques, or about what technique or tool will work best for you, we urge you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.