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Is it time to brush up on your brushing? What about flossing? It’s easy to get a little “relaxed” about our daily habits–mouth health care included. So let’s review how to take care of our teeth and gums.

Flossing: Whether you choose to floss before or after you brush, it is vital to have proper technique. Start with a single filament dental floss. Take a piece about 18” long and wind it around one finger on each hand. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion to slide the thread in between your teeth down to the gumline. Use a new portion of thread for each tooth; this reduces internal cross-contamination. If conventional flossing is frustrating or difficult for you, speak with Dr. Randy Cockrell about interdental cleaning alternatives. Again, it doesn’t matter when you floss, so long as it gets done.

Brushing: Brushing your teeth is a large part of your mouth health. Though you floss only once a day, you need to brush your teeth twice a day. This should be done for 2 minutes each time. This is a great time to listen to your favorite tunes, or to plan or reflect on the day. To properly brush your teeth, use a brush with soft bristles. This prevents your gums and tooth enamel from damage during the brushing process. Use short, tooth-wide strokes to brush every tooth–inside, outside, and chewing surfaces. Thoroughly rinse your mouth after brushing.

Support your newly re-vamped technique with consistent biannual visits to your dentist. If you are in the Anaheim Hills, California area, call Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 714-974-0949 to schedule an appointment today!