How to Properly Brush and Floss

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A regular task such as brushing and flossing your teeth seems easy enough, but have you really been doing it the right way? Chances are, you’ve probably been missing an important step of two your whole life. Brush up on your brushing and flossing skills with these simple steps.

How to Brush

  1. Turn your toothbrush to a 45-degree angle towards your gum line
  2. Don’t brush too hard or put too much pressure on your teeth and gums
  3. Brush the inner and outer teeth and gum lime in a circular motion
  4. Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth straight on
  5. Clean the inside of the front teeth by tilting the toothbrush vertically and brushing in an up and down motion
  6. Make sure to brush every single tooth multiple times and make note that your toothbrush can only reach about two teeth at a time
  7. Brush your tongue to make sure you get the bacteria remaining on the taste buds

How to Floss

  1. woman flossing properlyUse around 18 inches of floss and wrap each end around each of your middle fingers
  2. Guide the floss between your teeth until it reaches your gum line
  3. Curve the floss into a C formation against the tooth you’re flossing
  4. Gently scrape the floss against each tooth moving the floss away from the gum and out
  5. Don’t forget to floss the teeth in the very back
  6. Your gums may bleed if you don’t floss often, but after five or six days your gums will build up a resistance against it

Always make sure you’re replacing your toothbrush about every two months. Use a brush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride in it. You’ll get the hang of brushing and flossing properly in no time!