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Brushing and Flossing

Brushing

It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove plaque, the tiny white coating that caused decay when it accumulates. Use a soft toothbrush and move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth. To help eliminate bad breath, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

Flossing

Dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque from areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can't reach. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth once a day.

Get a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.