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3692 Katella Avenue
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17150 Euclid Street
Slide the floss pass the point where your teeth contact each other under control as the contact will offer resistance to the floss. If you are not careful the floss can snap through the contact and cut into your gum.
Once you are safely through the contact, wrap the floss around one tooth by directing both ends of the floss to that side, forming a letter C. Then, with an upward and downward movements, making sure you pass the floss below the gum as far as you can tolerate without causing discomfort, you can dislodge plaque. Turn the floss ends the opposite way to wrap it around the other tooth and repeat the same upward and downward cleansing movements.
Remove the floss from this contact. Advance it to a new segment and continue with the next contact.
Floss regularly to achieve the maximum benefits. Plaque will mineralize into tartar or dental calculus if left unclean for as little as 48 hours. You cannot remove tartar by any amount of brushing and flossing.
Floss at least once a day preferably after dinner. Flossing in the morning after you slept through the night (without flossing after dinner) is akin to putting the fire alarm in after your house has burned down!
If you are currently under orthodontic treatment or if you are using dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth, obtain the floss threader device to help you pass the floss under the archwire or under the dental bridge. Once you thread the floss through proceed as usual.
Brush in small circular pattern with the bristles aiming at approximately 45degree angle toward the junction between gum and tooth.
Use gentle pressure.
Brush slowly. If you can hear the sound of brushing or if you brush under 30 seconds chances are high that you are brushing too hard and too fast. At the proper pace it should take at least 2 to 3 minutes to finish brushing.
Do not use old toothbrush. Replace it every 3 to 4 months.
The most effective time to brush is right after every meal, and dinner is the most important one.