Look After Your Teeth
Good dental or oral care is important to maintaining healthy teeth, gums and tongue. Oral problems can appear seemingly overnight if you aren’t brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. If it’s been a while since your last visit to a dentist or have a child that might need braces, give All Orthodontics a call today to book an appointment!

Basic Brushing

There are a few different methods considered acceptable when brushing your teeth. Whatever method you use, take the time to brush thoroughly with a recommended toothpaste every day. We recommend the following method to help maintain for dental health and easily getting rid of plaque:

- Place the head of your toothbrush beside your teeth, with the brush tips at a 45˚ angle against your gum.
- Move the brush back and forth in short, semi-circle strokes several times, using a gentle ‘scrubbing’ movement.
- Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, top and bottom, keeping the bristles angled against your gum.
- Use the same method on the inside surfaces of all the teeth, still using short back and forth strokes.
- It is important to brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth as they will be constantly in contact with everything you put in to your mouth.
- You must also clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth by tilting the brush vertically and make several gentle up and down strokes with the front part of the brush. 
- You should not forget your tongue; brushing it will help freshen your breath and clean your mouth by removing bacteria.

Basic Flossing

An essential part of your routine, flossing removes plaque from between the teeth, areas where gum disease can begin. It can sometimes feel a little awkward to floss. Talk to your dentist and follow the tips below to help you feel more comfortable in maintaining your oral health.

- Wind roughly 18” of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Hold each end of the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving about 1" to 2" of length in between. You should use your thumbs to direct the floss between your upper teeth. 
- Keeping the 1" to 2" length of floss nice and firm between fingers, use index fingers to direct the floss between the lower teeth. 
- Gently guide the floss between the teeth by using a zigzag motion. It is important to remember not snap the floss between your teeth but using a smooth and flowing motion around each side of the tooth. 
- Slide the floss up and down against your tooth surface and under the gum. This may feel awkward, but it is important to get underneath the tooth to clean those areas. A separate piece of floss should be used for each tooth to clean them thoroughly.
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