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It’s important to clean away food particles hiding under the gum line while brushing. To do this, make small circles motions with the brush. Transition to cleaning in-between the sides of the teeth by angling the brush during strokes. Take your time to be thorough and gently brush in-between the sides of teeth as well as the sides, fronts, and backs of all your teeth and molars.

Brush like this two to four times a day to clean off food particles to prevent plaque building up.

– Brush before breakfast
– After lunch, school, or work
– After dinner
– Before bedtime.

A noticeably worn or frayed toothbrush should be replaced. Take care of your toothbrush by storing it in an upright container in order to dry after use. Doing this will help prevent mold and bacteria from forming on the bristles. To clean your toothbrush you should use your choice of boiling water or an antiseptic mouthwash. You can also place the toothbrush in a dishwasher.

You should also floss daily to aid in the prevention of plaque buildup and also to keep your gums healthy. To floss, tie each end of the string between your middle fingers. After this, glide the string between each tooth and form a C shape with the floss around each tooth. Be sure to floss all the way down to the gum line. Bleeding may occur during the first few flossings, but will stop after a few days.

For any questions, please call Dr. DeMercy and Dr. Kossick at DeMercy Dental in Roswell, Georgia, today.