Brushing and Flossing

The Importance of Regular Brushing and Flossing

Keeping Teeth Well Taken Care Of In Hixson & Chattanooga, TN

A healthy mouth can impact the health of the entire body, and any dentist will tell you that routine oral hygiene is the key to strong teeth and gums between visits. Dr. Ken Randall and the team at Tennessee River Dental would like to inform patients in Hixson & Chattanooga about proper brushing and flossing techniques to maintain a healthy smile. For the most effective results, be sure to set a daily routine, as this will help you to remember to clean your teeth regularly. Most dental professionals recommend cleaning your teeth at least twice a day, but after every meal is ideal. Skipping these essential steps can result in an unhealthy mouth and expensive dentistry. 

Proper Brushing Techniques

A diagram of a toothbrush properly brushing the back of someone‚Äôs teeth.Brushing your teeth should not be done as quickly as possible. It is important to take at least two minutes to make sure that all teeth surfaces are clean and free from the bacteria and food particles that can cause decay. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste, brush in small circular motions, rather than straight back and forth across the teeth. This helps pick up all of the pieces of food that may be caught between teeth or at the gum line. Remember to brush the back of all teeth, as well as the molars and tongue. In order to best avoid the accumulation of plaque on your teeth, remember to brush at the following times:


  • After breakfast
  • After lunch, or sometime in the afternoon
  • After dinner 
  • Before you go to bed

Toothbrushes should be replaced on a regular basis, typically every three or four months, but sooner if the bristles begin to wear out. 

Proper Flossing Techniques

A diagram of someone flossing their teeth on their top jaw.Unfortunately, brushing alone cannot remove the plaque and food that becomes trapped between the teeth. Flossing is needed to get into the nooks and crannies where gum disease and decay can begin. You should floss once a day, making sure to get between every tooth all the way to the gum line. In general, an 18-inch piece of floss should be enough to get the job done correctly. By wrapping both ends tightly around your fingers you can get the tension that you need to loosen plaque and food. Wrap the floss in a C shape around each tooth, and move the floss back and forth, especially if the teeth are close together.


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Proper brushing and flossing are the building blocks of good oral health. These daily routines can play a big role in your ability to prevent cavities and other dental problems that may cause you to end up in the dental chair more often than you would like. You can contact us for more information about brushing and flossing benefits at (423) 877-3848.