Brush the Proper Way

Many people grip their toothbrush firmly and brush with long sideways strokes. This method can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums. A more effective technique is to hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and brush in short, up and down strokes. Grip the toothbrush gently, and use a soft bristle tooth brush if you have sensitive teeth and gums. Be sure to brush the gums and tongue as well, to eliminate bacteria that accumulate on these areas of the mouth. Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day for the best results.

Use the Proper Flossing Technique

Flossing between the teeth is not sufficient to maintain good oral health. Use 18 inches of floss, and wrap the ends of the floss around your right and left index fingers, leaving about two to three inches of floss to work with. Gently slide the floss between each tooth, following the curves of the teeth and flossing underneath the gum line as well. Move the floss back and forth gently to avoid damaging the gums.

Avoid Foods and Beverages That Stain and Damage Teeth

Dark beverages such as coffee, wine and some juices leave stains on the teeth. Always brush your teeth after consuming these beverages, or avoid them. Foods and drinks that are high in sugar cause cavities and excess consumption of these foods leads to tooth decay. Enjoy sugary foods and junk food minimally to prevent dental problems.

Brushing and flossing properly, using the right products and eating a healthy diet go a long way to support a healthy smile, but cannot replace the expert care and treatment provided by a dentist. Visit your dentist for checkups, at least twice a year, and have your teeth cleaned regularly. If you suspect any oral problems, schedule an appointment with our dentist immediately.