You probably know how important it is to brush your teeth daily. However, many people do not realize that flossing is equally important. Dr. Holsteen and our team stress the importance of a well-rounded dental hygiene routine. We are happy to give you tips for proper, thorough dental care at home.
How to Brush Your Teeth
You should brush your teeth at least two times a day for at least two minutes each time. If you have trouble brushing your teeth for the allotted time, try using a timer. Your toothbrush should have a small head with soft bristles. When you brush your teeth, use short, back-and-forth strokes. Do not scrub your teeth, as this can wear down your tooth enamel. Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth. Pay special attention to your back teeth and the backs of your front teeth.
How to Floss
We stress the importance of flossing between your teeth at least once a day. While brushing your teeth cleans the large surfaces of your teeth, flossing cleans the plaque from between the teeth. Choose whatever type of floss that you like. Use a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. Wrap the floss around a finger on each hand until there is an inch or two left to work with. Gently floss between each tooth. Be sure to guide the floss under the gums in a “C” shape. Use a fresh section of floss between each tooth.
We welcome you to contact Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry today at 719-598-3502 to learn more about dental hygiene and to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.