When you bring your child to Serenity Dental of Spring, our experienced dentists and team will work with them and with you to ensure that your child learns how to brush and floss properly. Proper brushing and flossing is crucial to maintaining good oral health, and it helps your child avoid many dental problems in the future, including cavities, gum disease, bad breath and staining on their teeth.
Below are some basic instructions on the best ways to brush and floss.
Brushing Your Teeth
You should brush your teeth at least twice each day. Use an ADA®-approved toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. The toothbrush should be soft-bristled and have a small head. You may want to consider using an electric toothbrush. When brushing:
- Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to where your gums and teeth meet.
- Brush each surface of the tooth.
- Use small, circular motions when brushing the front and back surfaces and back-and-forth motions on the chewing surfaces.
- Do not scrub or apply pressure.
- Remember to brush your tongue.
Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing is incredibly important, as it cleans between the teeth and below the gum line to remove food and debris. This prevents bacteria from accumulating in those areas and causing tooth decay or periodontal disease. When you floss:
- Use a piece of floss about 18 inches long.
- Wrap one end around your middle finger on each hand.
- Keep your hands two to three inches apart.
- Gently move the floss between the teeth toward the gum line.
- Curve the floss in a c-shape around each tooth.
- Move the floss up and down several times.
- Do not pop the floss out or floss aggressively; this may cut your gums.
If you have any questions about flossing, brushing and oral hygiene in Spring, Texas, or if you want to make an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Chung and associates, please call us today at 281-825-5522.