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Using small circle motions while brushing is important to help clean the gum line of trapped food particles. To effectively brush the sides and in between the sides of your teeth, hold the toothbrush at an angle. Gently and thoroughly brush all the areas including the biting areas, front, and back of your teeth. End your routine by brushing your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Afterward, you should also use a tongue scraper.

In order to keep your mouth clean of plaque and food particles, you should brush between two and four times a day. The times you should brush are as follows:

– After breakfast
– After lunch, work, or school
– After dinner
– Before bed

You will need to replace your toothbrush once the bristles become frayed. Take care to avoid bacteria and mold build up on your toothbrush by storing it in an upright container after use to dry out. Antibacterial mouthwash and boiling water can be used to clean off your brush.

To help avoid plaque buildup and keep your gums healthy you should floss daily. Correct flossing consists of tying both ends around your middle fingers and sliding the floss between teeth, forming a C-shape around each tooth. Be sure to floss down to the gum line. Bleeding may occur after the first few flossings, but will stop after a few days.

For more instructions or questions about brushing and flossing, call Dr. Henry Danziger at our dental office in Naugatuck, Connecticut, today.