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Bagley Family Dental
Greeley, CO

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

An excellent and consistent home care routine will protect your teeth from problems like cavities and gum disease. We recommend that you brush twice each day and floss once.

Proper brushing technique consists of a total of two minutes or 30 seconds per quadrant. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush the front, back, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, being careful not to be too vigorous around the gumline. Don't forget to brush your tongue.

If you're having difficulties with your brushing technique, you might consider investing in an electric toothbrush to do the hard work of brushing for you. An electric toothbrush times your brushing session to ensure you're completing the full two minutes and even alerts you if you're pushing too hard or being too vigorous.

Flossing requires about 18 inches of floss so that you will have clean floss for each tooth. Move the floss up and down the side of each tooth in a c-shaped motion.

Brushing and flossing remove the plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay from the surfaces of your teeth and in-between your teeth. And yes, you can actually get cavities in between your teeth.

If you have questions about brushing and flossing, or if it's time to schedule your next teeth cleaning and checkup in Greeley, CO, contact Bagley Family Dental today.

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