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We have learned since we were children to brush and floss our teeth. However, as adults, it behooves us to analyze our oral hygiene habits and make any course corrections necessary.

Brush: To brush your teeth, use a soft-bristled brush that is the right size and shape to reach all areas of your mouth. Use a small amount of toothpaste and brush gently over each tooth. Using medium-to-hard bristled toothbrushes or brushing too hard can damage your enamel and gum tissues. Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day.

Tilt the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and use short, tooth-wide strokes. Brush all areas of the tooth, including the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces.

Floss: You should floss once a day, for 2-3 minutes each time. Use an 18” piece of floss wound around one finger of both hands. Use a section of floss to clean all the way around one tooth, using a gentle sawing motion down to the gumline and back up. Use a clean section of thread for each tooth. Don’t forget to floss behind the back molars!

For more information, call James L. Johnson - The Dentist in West Jordan, Utah, at 801-255-7800. Dr. James L. Johnson and our team are happy to help!