Most of us have been told at one point or another in our life that we need to brush and floss our teeth daily.  Although that is right there is a little more to it than that. Here is a list of important things to remember while brushing and flossing your teeth and how to maintain a healthy smile. 


  • Brush your teeth 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time
    • Use a 45 degree angle to make sure you are giving your gums attention too
    • GENTLE back and forth or circular motions are best
    • Brush all surfaces of teeth, inside, outside, chewing, and so forth
    • Replace brush every 3-4 months
    • Use a soft bristle brush so as not to damage your teeth and/or gums
    • Use ADA (American Dental Association) approved fluoride toothpaste


  • Floss your teeth at least once a day
    • Use about 18 inches (enough to use a clean section between each tooth)
    • Wind most of the floss around one of your middle fingers and then the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand
    • Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers and guide it between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion (don’t snap it into your gums)
    • Curve the floss into a C shape once it reaches the gum line and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth
    • Don’t forget the backside of your last tooth in each corner

Last but not least make sure you are seeing your dentist on a regular schedule!!