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While visiting New Lenox Dental Group regularly for professional cleanings is vital, it is imperative that you pair this care with care of your own at home. Drs. Ciaglia and Murphy recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.

Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. Hold your toothbrush at a 45° angle to the gums when you brush. Use gentle, back-and-forth strokes to brush the outside, inside, and chewing surface of each tooth. Make sure to brush your tongue from back to front to remove bacteria and to freshen your breath.

Use a strand of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap it around a finger on each hand, leaving an inch or two between your hands to work with. Gently work the floss in between your teeth and follow the curves of your teeth. It is important that you floss beneath the gum line. Take care to avoid snapping the floss on the gums.

Good oral hygiene results in a healthy mouth. Your teeth should be clean and free of plaque and debris. If you take good care of your teeth, your gums should be pink and should not bleed when you brush and floss.

To learn more about dental hygiene in New Lenox, Illinois, and to set up your next appointment with our dentists, please contact us at 815-485-2345 today.