Candace L. Peterson, DMD | 18795 SW Boones Ferry Rd. | Tualatin, OR 97062 | Ph: (503) 691-9046 |

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How to Properly Brush & Floss

How To Properly Brush & Floss 

At the office of Dr. Candace L. Peterson, we are committed to providing leading family and cosmetic dental care to the Tualatin, OR area. Dr. Peterson is trained and specializes in a wide variety of dental treatments to meet the needs of her patients. These treatments include cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, composite fillings, white dental crowns and many more. It is this diverse array of treatments combined with the warm and caring environment that makes the office of Dr. Peterson a leading dental care practice in the Southwest Portland area. While dental care can correct problems that may arise with your teeth and mouth, it is better to stop these problems before they start. With that in mind, the office of Dr. Peterson is happy to provide information regarding correct brushing and flossing techniques to maintain proper oral hygiene.


Why Do I Need To Brush and Floss?

When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing are equally as important as visiting the dentist for bi-annual cleanings. It is primarily these home cleanings that keep your smile bright and prevents serious dental disease. Here are the greatest reasons that brushing and flossing are of paramount importance to your oral health:

·       Tooth Decay – Tooth decay occurs when the break down of food creates acids that decay the enamel of your teeth. It is this decay that is the most common cause of tooth loss. The treatment for tooth loss is often very complex and expensive, but can be prevented if proper brushing and flossing techniques are observed.

·       Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is caused by plaque. This plaque contains dangerous toxins that can affect your teeth, gum, jawbone and even expand to other parts of your body. The simplest way to remove plaque and tartar and prevent the development of this disease is sampling by brushing your teeth with an ADA approved toothbrush and flossing regularly.

·       Halitosis – Old food particles stuck between teeth or left in the mouth can cause a condition known as halitosis. Halitosis basically refers to bad breath and can be remedied through brushing and flossing to remove old food particles. 

·       Yellow Teeth – Common causes of teeth staining include coffee, smoking, and tea. While regular use of these staining agents will most likely cause slight yellowing, this can be minimized by frequently removing the staining agents from the surface of your teeth through brushing.


How to Effectively Brush

It is recommended that you brush your teeth in the morning and before bed each day. While there is a diverse selection of toothbrushes available, ideally a toothbrush is small, has soft bristles, and has been used for less than three months. Electric toothbrushes are an efficient and effective alternative to tradition brushes. The ADA has stated that rotating or oscillating head toothbrushes are most effective.

Proper brushing technique includes:

1.     The toothbrush should be positioned where the teeth and gums meet, tilted at a 45-degree angle.

2.     Gently brush the gumline and teeth using small circular motions.

3.     Be sure to only apply the necessary amount of pressure so as not to damage your teeth or gum.

4.     Emphasizing the chewing surface of the back teeth, be sure to brush ALL sides of ALL teeth.

5.     Chewing surfaces can be brushed using a back and forth motion.

6.     Brush the tongue to remove fungi, food and debris.


How to Effectively Floss

While brushing can remove plaque from the surface of teeth, flossing is required to remove it from the regions between the teeth. Flossing should be utilized on a daily basis in order to prevent periodontal and other dental diseases.

Proper Flossing Technique Includes

1.     Use a piece of floss between 1 and 2 feet long.

2.     Wrap the floss around the pointer finger on one hand, then the pointer finger on the other until you have 2-3 inches of floss between the two fingers

3.     Gently move the floss into the space between two teeth.

4.     Carefully slide the floss beneath the gum line on one side, and later repeat with the other side.

5.     Carefully scrape the floss up and down on the tooth suface several times to remove interdental plaque and debris.


Call To Schedule An Appointment Today! 

If you have any further questions about brushing and flossing, or would like to schedule a dental appointment, contact us at the office of Dr. Candace L. Peterson today and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help you. Thank you for choosing the office of Dr. Peterson for your dental needs, we hope to see you in our office soon!