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Proper brushing and flossing every day is necessary to achieve ideal oral health and prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Our team can help you improve your dental care routine if you are struggling to keep your smile in good health.

You should be brushing your teeth at least twice per day, morning and night.Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head that can reach every area of your smile. You may prefer an electronic toothbrush to a manual one. Every three to four months, replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head to keep the bristles fresh. Brush with fluoridated toothpaste at a 45-degree angle at the gumline, using small circular movements. Avoid brushing vigorously or scrubbing, or else you may scratch your enamel and cause the gums to recede. Brush every surfaces of your smile, especially the front and back teeth and your tongue.

Floss every day using any of these methods:

• The finger-wrap method: Extract an 18-inch string of floss and wrap the ends around your middle fingers, leaving a two to three inch gap in between.
• The circle method: Extract 12 inches of floss and tie the ends together in a loop.
• A plastic flossing tool: You can purchase a plastic flossing tool at most drug stores for easier flossing.

Gently floss between all of your teeth and around the gums. Curve the floss in a c-shape around each tooth, slide it under the gum line, and work up and down to remove plaque.

We invite you to contact Primary Dental Clinic at 432-570-7080 today to learn more about proper dental hygiene in Midland, Texas, and schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Mark Hughen.