Dr. Paul Arfanis
228 Saint Paul Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Father and Son Flossing - Westfield, NJ - Westfield Family DentistryBrushing and flossing your teeth are two of the most important factors in preventative dental treatment. If you have any questions on choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste or floss, ask us and we can help you decide!

Brushing:

  • Step 1: Place your soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
  • Step 2: Do not scrub your teeth! Vibrate the bristles back and forth and try to push them between your teeth.
  • Step 3: Make sure to brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of each tooth in your mouth.
  • Step 4: Using the tip of your toothbrush, brush the inner side of your front teeth.
  • Step 5: Brush the backside of your back teeth. This is an area people often miss.

Flossing:

  • Step 1: Break off an 18-inch portion of floss and wind the ends around your middle fingers. Most of the floss should be wrapped around one finger, while the other finger takes up the floss that has been used.
  • Step 2: Hold about an inch of floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
  • Step 3: Gently guide the floss between your teeth using a sawing motion. Then wrap it into a C shape against one tooth and carefully scrape the floss up and down in the space between the tooth and the gum – the pull the floss up and out.
  • Step 4: Once you’ve cleaned between your tooth and gum, use the sawing motion on the opposite side of the space and repeat this on every tooth.

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