Brushing & Flossing

The cornerstone to a good at-home oral hygiene regimen is proper brushing and flossing. At Panoramic Dental, we want all of our patients to have the correct brushing and flossing techniques to effectively prevent plaque, tooth decay, and cavities. By practicing excellent dental hygiene, you will avoid not only unhealthy teeth but also costly dental treatments down the road. Our dentists and staff have the brushing and flossing tips and tricks to keep your mouth and teeth clean and cavity free!

Effective Brushing

Firstly, your tools, our dentists recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles and acartoon kid brushing teeth at walnut creek dentist small strip of fluoride toothpaste. Secondly, when you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. You should hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It should take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth, including the lower teeth, the upper teeth, and the outside, inside, and all chewing surfaces of your front and back teeth. Thirdly, never forget your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Finally, you can rinse.

Our dentistry recommends brushing your teeth at the following times to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner
  • At bedtime

Please always remember not to swallow any toothpaste, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. And, as soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one.

Thorough Flossing

We understand that flossing can be difficult, however, once you have the habit, you'll thank us for keeping your teeth clean and healthy. For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can't reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. It is essential to floss between your teeth every day.

To start, pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Remember to floss behind all of 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 stop after the first few times flossing, let a dental staff member know at your next appointment.

Schedule Your Next Appointment With Your Walnut Creek Dentist!

If you have any questions about brushing or flossing correctly, please ask your local Walnut Creek dentistry. Our dentists and staff will be more than happy to assist you and make sure you are effective brushing and flossing. Schedule your next appointment or call our Walnut Creek office directly. Together, we can ensure excellent oral hygiene for life!