How often should I brush and floss?

Brushing and flossing are a crucial part of your preventive care. A diligent home care routine, combined with regular visits to our practice for professional cleanings and examinations, will help prevent most common dental concerns, including decay and gum disease. 

Ideally, we want to see you brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day. The best time to brush is after breakfast and before you go to bed. The best time to floss is before the bedtime brushing. 

Of course, how you brush and floss is just as important as how often you brush and floss. Make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle pressure. Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm can damage your enamel and cause gum recession. Gently scrub for about two minutes, 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. If you find that you are rushing, there are several free smart phone apps that you can download to help you time your brushing. Kid-themed apps are also available to help make brushing fun for children! 

Hold your brush at an angle so that the bristles massage your gums. This will help to break up any plaque that is accumulating beneath the gumline. 

Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to review good brushing and flossing technique with you and provide a hands-on demonstration!