How To Brush and Floss

Brushing Your Teeth



Brush your teeth at least twice daily, ideally after meals.



Aim for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush.



o Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

o Use gentle, circular motions to clean the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and
chewing surfaces of all teeth.
o Tilt the brush vertically to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth with up-and-
down strokes.



Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that comfortably fits in your mouth.



Use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Flossing Your Teeth



Floss once daily, preferably before brushing your teeth.



o Use a piece of dental floss about 30-45 cm long.
o Wind the floss around your middle fingers, leaving a few centimeters of floss to work with.
o Gently slide the floss between your teeth using a sawing motion.
o Curve the floss into a C-shape around each tooth and move it up and down against the side of each tooth and under the gumline.
o Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to prevent spreading bacteria.



Use dental floss, floss picks, interdental brushes, or water flossers based on your preference and dental recommendations.

Additional Tips:

1. Rinse: After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
2. Replace: Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles are worn.
3. Dental Visits: Schedule regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings every 6-12
months for optimal oral health maintenance.
Following these brushing and flossing techniques as recommended by the Australian Dental
Association can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. For personalized
advice or concerns about your dental health, speak to us at Always Smiles Dental located in
Bankstown and the Fairfield area

Flossing for dental health

There are various types of dental floss available, and choosing the right one depends on how easily it can maneuver between your teeth. Your preferred brand should allow for smooth movement and effective cleaning.
If you have limited dexterity or find traditional flossing challenging, consider using flossing aids that require less manual effort. Our friendly dentists at Always Smiles Dental Surgery in Canley Heights and Bankstown can assist you in selecting the most suitable flossing tool for your needs.

Before brushing your teeth, follow these steps to floss effectively:

Consistent flossing, brushing, and rinsing are essential for maintaining optimal oral hygiene. Make it a habit to floss nightly to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gumline.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your flossing technique, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dental team at Always Smiles Dental Practice in Canley Vale and Chapel Road Bankstown. We’re here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile!

Pikster and Interdental Brushes

Using Piksters, which are interdental brushes designed to clean between your teeth and along the gumline, is an effective way to complement your oral hygiene routine. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use Piksters properly:

Incorporating Piksters into your daily oral care routine can effectively remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach areas between your teeth. For personalized guidance on using Piksters or other interdental cleaning tools, consult your dental professional at Always Smiles Dental Clinc.

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