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When it comes to making sure your teeth stay healthy, regular brushing and flossing in Lake Forest, California, are two of the most important habits for patients to keep up with. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can quickly develop if a patient neglects at-home care. Learn more about how to properly brush and floss below, or call 949.446.0700 to speak with our qualified office team.

How to Brush
It is important to brush your teeth using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. The toothbrush itself should be approved by the ADA, have soft bristles and be switched out every three months. Patients may also consider using an electric toothbrush. Whether you are using an electric or traditional toothbrush, Lake Forest Dental recommends the following steps:

  1. Angle the toothbrush so it is at a 45-degree angle
  2. Brush every surface, from the flat chewing surfaces (brush with back and forth motions) to where the tooth meets the gumline (brush using small circles).
  3. Avoid pushing down or adding too much pressure when brushing.
  4. Lightly go over the surface of the tongue.

How to Floss
Flossing helps you avoid gum disease and general tooth decay. Our dentist, Dr. Elizabeth Kim, recommends the following when flossing every day:

  1. Take an 18-inch piece of floss and wrap the ends around the middle fingers
  2. Gently insert the floss in between the teeth and curve around each individual tooth.
  3. Wiggle the piece of floss up and down towards and away from the gumline. This will help dislodge food debris and plaque. Also be sure the floss does not “pop” out, causing damage to soft tissue.
  4. Move onto the next, unused portion of floss for each new tooth.