Brushing and Flossing Teeth Sacramento, Gold River & Auburn CA

When you have braces, it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.

If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.

For questions, please call our office today at (916) 924-8970.

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Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Brushing and Flossing

BRUSHING INSTRUCTIONS

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Brushing: Step 1

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Brushing

Brushing: Step 2

Brush gently in a circular motion.

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Brushing

Brushing: Step 3

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

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Brushing

Brushing: Step 4

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

FLOSSING INSTRUCTIONS

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Flossing

Flossing: Step 1

Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Flossing

Flossing: Step 2

Carefully floss around the braces.

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Flossing

Flossing: Step 3

Carefully floss around the gum areas.

Markham Orthodontics | Sacramento, CA | Orthodontist | Flossing

Flossing: Step 4

Carefully floss around each tooth.

FAQ

When to floss teeth?

The ADA ( American Dental Association) recommends brushing twice a day and cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day. However, if you have braces, you should floss after every meal, and we have a step-by-step guide you should check out.

Is it better to floss before or after brushing?

It’s best to floss before brushing, as flossing can help remove food particles stuck between your teeth and also the plaque that could form in your gum line.

How many times a day should you brush and floss your teeth?

It is recommended you try to brush and after every meal, counting snacks, and floss at least once a day. However, most people floss at night before bedtime. Still, if you have orthodontic braces, consider brushing and flossing after every meal to avoid dental health problems.

Should you floss every time you brush your teeth?

You should floss your teeth at least once a day. However, if you feel you have food wedged between your teeth, you should floss right away to avoid infection or inflammation. If you are wearing dental braces, you should brush and floss every time you finish a meal.

Can dental floss damage teeth?

Yes, but only when done vigorously or with too much pressure. Gums can excessively bleed; over-flossing could destroy your gum line. For best results, make sure you follow your orthodontist’s oral hygiene suggestions. Be gentle as you pick up the habit.