Regular brushing prevents tooth decay by removing plaque and bacteria. You should brush at least twice a day -- after breakfast and before bedtime. Plaque and bacteria begin attacking your teeth minutes after you stop eating, so you should brush after every meal if possible.
Make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles, and that you change your toothbrush every 3 months. You should spend at least 3 minutes every time you brush. Using a timer or listening to your favorite song may help you keep the proper time while brushing.
Flossing is important because it removes plaque and food particles from areas that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. About 1/3 of your tooth’s surface can only be reached by flossing. You should floss at least once a day, be thorough, but don’t press the floss too hard against your gums. (Improper flossing or flossing too hard may cause your gums to recede).
Your gums may bleed when you first begin to floss. If the bleeding persists every time you floss, be sure to make an appointment with our office.