We recommend twice daily brushing, once daily flossing, and twice daily rinsing. The proper techniques for brushing and flossing are critical and detailed below:
Brushing: Angle toothbrush bristles at 45 degrees towards the gumline and proceeds around the mouth with light pressure and small circular motions. Brush all surfaces of the teeth including the cheek/lip side, tongue side, and biting surface. This process should be carried out for two minutes. Be sure to use no firmer than a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every 3 months or when the bristles begin to splay outwards. An electric toothbrush can make this process much easier and more thorough. Toothpaste with some form of fluoride is recommended.
Flossing: After passing the floss between the teeth (often a “snap” is felt as it passes), the floss should be pushed or pulled tightly towards one tooth at a time to hug the tooth surface and make a “C” shape. Once the floss is tight to the tooth, move the floss up and down, then pull tight to the next tooth and repeat. Note that when you are flossing in between two teeth, each tooth must be flossed individually. For the last teeth, you can simply wrap the floss around the back side of the tooth and move up and down. Since flossing is recommended once daily, we usually recommend that patients do this at night when they have more time. Flossing is typically completed prior to brushing, so that any debris loosened by the floss can be brushed away.