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1002 10th St, Suite 1
Hood River, OR 97031-1564

As of January 1, 2014 we will be a PPO provider for DELTA Companies.

Brushing, Flossing, and Rinsing



We believe that patient education is the key to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure our patients have the right tools and techniques to combat dental diseases. One of the best ways to maintain proper dental hygiene is daily preventive care, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing. However, these actions lose their effectiveness without the proper approach.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to eliminate the thin, sticky film of plaque, which constantly forms on the surfaces of your teeth. The bacteria found in plaque is the main cause of two of the most common dental problems—tooth decay and gum disease.

Many patients wonder which they should do first, brush or floss? In reality, the sequence makes no difference. The most important aspect of brushing and flossing is accurate technique. The one thing most dentists agree on is that rinsing with mouthwash should be your final step.

Proper Brushing Technique


The first step to proper brushing is choosing a toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Soft-bristled brushes tend to be the best for removing plaque and tartar. We also recommend a brush with a smaller head to reach all areas of your mouth, especially your molars. A powered toothbrush can be an excellent alternative. Most toothbrushes should be replaced every three months, or when they begin to show wear.

The next step is choosing toothpaste that is right for you. The general rule of thumb is an ADA approved toothpaste that contains fluoride. Some patients may need to use a toothpaste designed to address stained teeth and sensitivity issues. Talk with [[[CLIENTEX:DOCNAME1]]] to see which toothpaste is right for you.

Proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle, and sweep away from the gumline. Gently brush the inside, outside, and chewing surface of each tooth. Back-and-forth strokes are most effective. Be sure to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Proper Flossing Technique


Proper flossing will remove the plaque and food debris for between your teeth and below the gumline. Flossing is an essential tool to combat gum disease.

The type of floss you choose depends on the amount of space between your teeth. Patients with tight contact points may need to use a single filament floss.

Wind about 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers, and leave an inch or two to use on your teeth. Hold the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, while sliding it gently between your teeth. Curve the floss around the root of each tooth to maximize the benefits. Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

Proper Rinsing Technique


Many patients may not realize that mouthwash is an essential part of proper oral hygiene. Once you have finished brushing and flossing, mouthwash will kill any remaining bacteria and flush away debris and loose plaque. There are several types of mouthwash to choose from depending on your specific needs. You want to find one that is antiseptic or antibacterial. Be sure to follow the instructions listed on the bottle. When you have finished, avoid eating anything for at least 30 minutes.

Learn More About Dental Hygiene


If you would like to learn more, call (541) 632-6355, and schedule an appointment!



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