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Brushing and Flossing
• Use a soft toothbrush and place the head of your toothbrush next to your teeth with the bristle tips angled against the gum line at a 45° angle.
• Move the brush downwards to clean the upper jaw and upwards to clean the lower jaw, several times, using gentle “scrubbing motion.”
• Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower, and also the palatal and lingual surfaces.
• Scrub the chewing surfaces of all teeth, upper and lower. Do not press hard: let the bristles get in to the grooves of your teeth.
To brush properly spend at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth.
• Taking about 20 inches of floss, wind both ends around your middle fingers. Leave a short distance of floss between your fingers.
• Insert the floss carefully between the teeth. Clean below the gum still in contact with the tooth each side by pulling the floss gently up and down and bucco-lingual. Be careful not to damage the gums by flossing too vigorously.
• Repeat the flossing action for each tooth, winding on a fresh piece of floss for each space. After flossing, rinse your mouth.
Flossing needs little practice, but you will soon get to use it properly.