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Dr. Celeste Eckerman and our dental team want you to have the best oral health possible, which is why we encourage you to take good care of your smile on a daily basis. In order to do so, you need to brush and floss your teeth properly. However, that might be a difficult task if you’re not sure how to do so. So, we are happy to provide the following instructions on how to properly brush and floss your teeth and gums:

Flossing

Step 1: Get about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers and then wind the rest of the floss on the same finger on the opposite hand.  Hold about one inch of floss between both of your index fingers with little slack.

Step 2: Use that inch of floss to glide between your teeth in a gentle sawing motion. Make sure to clean both sides of the crevice, removing the plaque and food particles that reside there.

Step 3: When you reach the gumline, gently curve the floss into a “C” shape and clean between the gums and bottom of the tooth. Make sure to be gentle as you do so. This step is crucial for helping your gums remain free from gum disease.

Step 4: Once you’re done cleaning along the gumline, remove the floss from the crevice and move onto the next tooth. Make sure to use a clean section of floss for each space in your smile. If your gums feel sore or if they bleed, remember that it’s because you need to floss more regularly and it’ll take about 5-6 days for your gums to become used to the task of flossing.

Brushing

Step 1: Make sure you have the best tools to clean your smile, like a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. The soft bristles will thoroughly scrub your smile, even though it might not sound like it, and properly care for your gums.

Step 2: Put the toothpaste on the brush and hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline. Use just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums and between your teeth. However, make sure you refrain from squishing the bristles.

Step 3: Now, use a gentle circular motion to scrub the inner, outer, and top surfaces of each tooth. Make sure you scrub every tooth in your smile and you do so for two minutes twice each day.

Step 4: After you’re done scrubbing your chompers, brush your tongue to remove the bacteria and provide a clean, fresh breath.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Minden, Nevada, please call Celeste Eckerman DDS LLC at 775-782-2799 at your earliest convenience. Dr. Celeste Eckerman and our dental team will be happy to give you the tips and information you need to properly care for your smile. We look forward to helping you!