Our dedicated dentists and team emphasize the importance of meticulous home care routines for maintaining optimal oral health. Proper brushing and flossing are fundamental to preventing dental issues and ensuring the longevity of your dental work. Here, we provide an educational guide on effective brushing and flossing techniques to help our patients achieve the best possible oral hygiene.


Effective Brushing Techniques

  • Choose the Right Toothbrush: Opt for a soft-bristled brush to avoid damaging your gums and enamel.
  • Correct Angle: Position your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums to effectively remove plaque.
  • Gentle Circles: Use small, gentle circular motions to clean all surfaces of each tooth, including the outer, inner and chewing surfaces.
  • Do not Forget Your Tongue: Brush your tongue gently to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
  • Duration: Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, ensuring all areas are covered.

Flossing Fundamentals

  • Daily Flossing: Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Proper Technique: Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most around each middle finger, and gently slide it up and down between your teeth.
  • Curve the Floss: Curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Do not force the floss, as this may cause harm to your gums.

Contact Financial District Dentistry

For more detailed instructions on brushing and flossing or to schedule a professional cleaning, please contact Financial District Dentistry at 415-399-9999. We are excited to provide you with excellent dental care in San Francisco, California!