10 Nov

The Proper Way to Brush and Floss Your Teeth

You know that you are supposed to brush and floss your teeth every day, but do you know the proper way to do so? Many people are not brushing or flossing their teeth correctly. It is important that you know the proper way to care for your teeth so that you do not experience any dental difficulty.

When to Brush and Floss

You should brush your teeth at least twice per day, in the morning and after dinner. You should floss your teeth at least once per day, usually during the later time that you brush. Brushing and flossing this frequently will ensure that you do not have a buildup of debris and bacteria in the mouth that can cause tooth decay.

Brushing Your Teeth

You should brush your teeth for at least two minutes. Brush the front surface, the back surface, and the chewing surface of each tooth. Brush the gums as well, and brush down away from the gum to remove debris and plaque from the gumline. Make sure that your brush touches every part of each tooth and your gums, and brush your tongue for good measure.


To floss properly, you will need a string of about 18 inches of floss. Wrap it around your middle finger and thumbs. You will use the pointer finger of each hand to hook the floss and control it as you floss your teeth. With the floss tight, sweep it between the teeth from the gum line down in a C fashion. Do this between all of your teeth.

If you need additional assistance in knowing how to care for your teeth, or if it has been longer than six months since your last cleaning, contact us today for an appointment.

Dr. Obrochta