For healthy gums, proper brushing and flossing is a requirement. Drs. Navid Rahimpour, DDS and Faranak Rahimpour, DDS of Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO want their patients to understand the importance of a good oral hygiene routine and the proper ways to go about it.
When plaque builds up, it can harden and begin to irritate the gums. If an infection arises, this can be very painful and eventually lead to the loss of a tooth.
To brush your teeth, the right sized toothbrush is the first place to start. The head should be small enough to reach every area in your mouth, including the far back teeth. Soft bristled brushes have been known to be the best for plaque removal.
Brushing should be done for two minutes, at least two times per day, three times being ideal. Strokes should be kept short and up and down or circular motions are the best way to clean the entire tooth. Make sure to brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
To floss, make sure to hit each in between section of teeth, remembering your molars. Use a fresh section of the floss for each section of your teeth. When you hit your gum line, make a scooping motion and continue scrubbing all the way back up.
Remember that visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is another important part of keeping healthy gums. To schedule a cleaning with Drs. Navid Rahimpour, DDS and Faranak Rahimpour, DDS of Southern Cross Dental, call us at (719) 471-1717 or visit our website, www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com.