Brushing and Flossing

The best treatment of your teeth is to keep your own teeth and gums healthy.

Want to brush up on how to care for your own oral hygiene? Read on!

Brushing

  • Brush at 45 degrees to gum, on teeth

    Step 1. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum.

  • Brush on teeth, circular motion

    Step 2. Brush gently in a circular motion.

  • Brushing top surface of teeth

    Step 3. Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

  • Tip of brush on inside of front teeth

    Step 4. Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing

  • Floss wound around middle fingers

    Step 1. Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and as the floss is used, the other finger takes it up.

  • Floss between thumbs and fingers

    Step 2. Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

  • Floss inserted between front teeth

    Step 3. Holding the floss tightly, gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

  • Floss inserted between front teeth

    Step 4. Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.