Brushing and Flossing The Right Way

White teethHopefully you’ve been brushing and flossing your teeth daily for years, but are you doing it correctly? Using the right technique can make your oral hygiene habits more effective. Keep reading to learn more.


The following pointers can help you keep your teeth cleaner and healthier:

  • Remember that you should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. Set a timer, watch a short YouTube clip, or listen to a complete song while you brush so you don’t stop too soon.
  • Hold your toothbrush at a forty-five degree angle and move it in small circles across your teeth and gums. Be sure not to brush too hard, since that could damage your enamel. Take time to brush the inner surfaces of your teeth in addition to the front facing surfaces.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush unless your dentist recommends something else. Dr. Peters also recommends using an electric toothbrush, although you can keep your teeth clean with a traditional brush. Electric toothbrushes can make it easier to clean teeth thoroughly and use the correct motion while brushing.
  • Remember to clean your tongue and the roof of your mouth when you brush your teeth. This will kill bacteria that cause bad breath and infections.


Flossing is equally as important as brushing, if not more so. Flossing removes food particles and bacteria from places that your toothbrush simply cannot reach. Flossing daily is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease.

These tips can help make flossing more effective.

  • Gently insert the floss in between your teeth and move the string in a sawing motion up and down to dislodge any particles.
  • Be sure to move the thread up and down on each side of each tooth. Holding the floss in a curved c shape can help it remove particles from the back of your teeth and the spaces in between teeth.
  • If holding a string of floss is difficult, purchase floss picks or holders to make it more convenient.
  • If you have trouble remembering to floss, make a rule that you have to floss before you brush your teeth in the morning. Many people are uncomfortable leaving the house without brushing, but they don’t make flossing a priority. If you have to floss before you brush, the slimy feeling on your teeth will help you remember to do both.

To learn more about healthy oral hygiene habits, contact Peters Dental Associates.

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