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Do you brush and floss your smile each day? If so, good for you! But do you know if you use the proper techniques to do so? Well, our Celenza, Frank DDS, PC team is happy to help you know the best ways to clean your smile on a regular basis. Here are some helpful instructions:

How to brush:

1. When you get ready to clean your teeth, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline.

2. Apply just enough pressure to the brush that you can feel the bristles against the teeth and gums, but don’t apply too much pressure that it squishes the bristles.

3. Scrub the outer, inner, and top surfaces of each tooth. As you do so, use a short, circular motion and make sure to brush along the gumline.

4. As you brush the front teeth, hold the brush vertically and scrub with an up-and-down motion.

5. Make sure you thoroughly clean each tooth and brush for a total of two minutes every morning and every night.

6. When you are done brushing, scrub your tongue and remove the harmful substances that live there.

How to floss:

1. First, start with about 18 inches of floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand and wind the rest around the middle finger on the opposite hand.

2. Keep about 1 inch of floss between each hand. Use that flossing section to clean your teeth by sliding it in each crevice with a gentle sawing motion. Please use a clean section of floss between each tooth.

3. As you reach the gumline, curve the floss in a C and scrape it against the tooth.

4. Floss the sides of each tooth and don’t forget to clean the back molars.

5. Please remember that your gums may feel a bit tender and sore if you haven’t flossed in awhile. This is normal and it should go away the more you brush.

Oral hygiene is extremely important, which is why we ask that you properly brush your teeth twice a day and floss your smile at least once a day. We also recommend rinsing your mouth daily with a beneficial mouthwash. Mouthwash will help complete the cleaning job and will also freshen your breath. For more information about oral hygiene in New York, New York, please call 212-327-2623 now and talk to Dr. Frank Celenza or a member of our team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have any concerns.