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How to Brush and Floss Your Teeth

Step by Step Guides With Dental Photos

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Updated: July 9, 2008

Step-By-Step Dental Photo Guides

These step-by-step dental guides with photos will show you the proper way to brush and floss your teeth, brush your children's teeth, brush your teeth with braces, floss your teeth with braces, floss under a dental bridge and use a dental flosser.

How to Brush Your Teeth - Photo Guide

Most of us learned to brush our teeth as children and have been been brushing the same way into adulthood. Brushing your teeth properly is essential in removing plaque. You will need an adult-sized toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride.

How to Brush Children's Teeth - Photo Guide

Brushing your children's teeth properly is important, and until your child is old enough to brush his own teeth, you will need to do it for them. Hint: Your child is old enough to brush on his own when they can rinse and spit out the toothpaste without swallowing it. You will need a child size tooth brush with soft bristles, children's toothpaste containing fluoride and a timer (optional).

How to Floss Your Teeth - Photo Guide

A poll on About.com showed that almost 70% of people don't floss their teeth everyday. Not only is flossing everyday essential to good oral hygiene, it is also crucial in the fight against gum disease, which is also the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Flossing properly is easy if you follow these steps. You will need a roll of dental floss.

How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces - Photo Guide

Braces are expensive and proper oral care is detrimental in the long-term outcome of your teeth's health. Your orthodontist will more than likely go over home care with you, but these step-by-step photos can help keep you on the right track. You will need a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

How to Floss Your Teeth With Braces - Photo Guide

Many teenagers neglect to floss their teeth when they have braces, which can cause cavities in between the teeth and inflammation of the gums. Flossing between braces is extremely important to remove food particles and debris. Whether you're a teenager, a parent or an adult with braces, this step-by-step guide makes it easy to fall into a daily routine of flossing teeth with between braces. You will need a floss threader and dental floss or pre-cut stiff ended dental floss (shown on page 4).

How to Use a Dental Flosser - Photo Guide

Whether you use a dental flosser or a piece of dental floss isn't important. What is important is that you use one or the other everyday. I personally prefer a dental flosser because it takes the boredom out of flossing for me. It isn't hard to use a dental flosser and these photos will show you the proper way. Choose any type of dental flosser that feels comfortable in your hand. Dental flossers are also great for people who suffer from arthritis.

How to Floss Underneath a Dental Bridge - Photo Guide

Once you get a dental bridge, it's permanent and doesn't come out. It's important to floss underneath the bridge everyday because food particles become easily trapped there. Even though your dentist probably showed you how to floss under your dental bridge when it was placed, you might not remember with everything else that was going on. So use this guide as a reference. You will need a dental flosser and a piece of dental floss.

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