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Old 10-18-2003, 08:55 AM   #1
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Hello. I brush my teeth twice a day, before school and bedtime. I just want to know if there is correct way to floss and brush teeth. I brush my top/bottom-outside in a circular motion, and the inside with both a side-side or up-down motion. I focus primarily on the inside because I don't think I reach all the right spots. I always brush my tongue too, but only for like 5 seconds. How long should I brush my tongue for?

I usually don't floss, I do sometimes and when I do, my gums will bleed for like 20 seconds. Is it better to floss before or after brushing?

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Old 10-18-2003, 10:07 AM   #2
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It's up to you whether you floss before or after, just make sure that it's before you go to bed. Sounds like you're brushing fine, make sure you're angled into the gumline. Any attempt at brushing your tongue is better than nothing.

 
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Old 10-18-2003, 03:18 PM   #3
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For flossing, make sure you move inbetween both teeth, gently scraping away plaque and food side-to-side. Since you don't floss daily, your gums will naturally bleed as you do occasionally floss. This is telling you to floss more and that your gums aren't healthy. Your gums may also be sore for a little while (rinse with warm salt water for the bleeding), but as you continue to floss daily the bleeding will stop. It's important to floss!! I went to my dentist for a cleaning and I came back so sore in the gums and this is exactly what he told me!

It sounds like you're brushing right. Brushing in a fairly circular motion, cleaning inside and outside the teeth. You can also look it up on search engines (it's not a dumb question) and they have pictures to show you.

Hope this helps!

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Old 10-19-2003, 07:45 AM   #4
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Great! Thanks for the input!

 
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