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Food particles trapped under the gum line are best removed when brushing your teeth by moving the brush in small circle motions. When you move on to brushing in between the sides of the teeth you should angle the brush. Gently and meticulously brush those areas, as well as the front, back, sides, and surface area of the teeth and molars. Always brush your tongue and the roof of the mouth when finished. You should follow-up this up by using a tongue scraper.

To keep your mouth free of plaque and food particles, brush your teeth two to four times per day at the following times.

– After breakfast
– After lunch, work, or school
– After dinner
– Before bed

Once your toothbrush becomes frayed you should replace it. Be sure to store your toothbrush using an upright container after each use to dry in order to prevent mold and bacteria. You may clean your toothbrush in boiling water, or by using antibacterial mouthwash.

You should also floss daily to fight plaque build-up and to keep your gums healthy. After tying both ends to your middle fingers, slide the floss between each of your teeth and form a C shape. Slide the floss all the way to the gum line. Bleeding may occur upon your first flossings but will stop in a few days.

If you have questions about brushing and flossing instructions, please call Dr. Zhao and Dr. Hadiwidjaja in El Monte, California, today.