Dental Care: Important Answers To “How” Questions

You might not like admitting it to yourself and as a result, to us, but sometimes you need a review for your dental care. You know that you should brush, floss, and more but in some instances, it’s nice to walk through a quick refresher regarding the basics. That way, you don’t find yourself standing in the bathroom, about to brush your teeth, with a head full of questions about the details of brushing, the particulars of flossing, and more. With a bit of extra insight from our Pella, IA team, we can often help all areas of your care go more smoothly!

Questions and Answers

Question: How should I be preparing for brushing my teeth?

Answer: Feeling prepared for this area of dental care is half the battle! To begin, we suggest you make certain you are using a soft-bristle toothbrush, otherwise you may be putting your teeth and gums in danger. Next, we remind you to use fluoridated toothpaste by adding one pea-size blob onto your bristles. It’s that easy to get ready.

Question: How should I brush my teeth, exactly?

Answer: We know that the actual brushing of your teeth may seem like something you can just wing but you really should be following some important tips. First, remember that you need to clean all of your teeth and all of their surfaces, so be sure that you’re thorough. Also, remember that effective cleansing includes being very gentle. With that said: Use small strokes to gently brush every tooth in your mouth, as you make sure to take a full two minutes to complete the session.

Question: How should I prepare for the flossing portion of my dental care?

Answer: Preparing for your flossing will make the actual act of flossing so much easier. Wind the floss (about a foot and a half) around your middle fingers, just winding the ends. Then, grip the floss with your pointers and your thumbs. This is how you will guide it!

Question: How should I actually follow through with flossing?

Answer: Now, you have your floss all set up and ready to go. Start anywhere you wish but remember to begin between two teeth just beneath your gum tissue. Slide up along one tooth edge. Repeat along the neighboring tooth edge. Now, move to a new part of your floss. Repeat through your whole smile! Have more questions? Just ask during visits.

Ask Us How To Care For Your Smile

Remember that you are more than welcome to ask us for help with your dental care. Whether it’s an aspect of your home dental care you’re not so sure about or professional visits, just let us know! To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.