Brushing and Flossing

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at a 30 to 45 degree angle to the gingiva (gums). Work the brush with a short swaying motion into the gums at the tooth surface. Spend at least two to three minutes brushing each arch inside and out in a methodical manner. Once complete you may rinse. In addition you should brush or scrape your tongue with a plastic tongue scraper. The folds of the tongue harbor a significant amount of plaque and debris. Replace your brush often (about every 8 -10 weeks. A hint to extend the life of your toothbrush is to take small chip clip and clip it on the end of the brush and place it in warm place to dry overnight. It is recommended that you brush and use interproximal cleaners after meals and at bedtime. In addition to flossing once daily a small pick or cylindrical brush (proxy brush may be helpful) to clean in between your teeth.

Flossing

For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth at least once daily.

Dr. David Furnari suggests that his patients pull a 18 inch length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss securely  around the first joint of your middle fingers( this frees your index fingers and thumbs) . Using your index fingers and thumbs guide the floss in a C shape scraping the surface of the teeth under gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Lastly floss behind your back teeth.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know during your next appointment at our dental practice.