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Correct Flossing Technique

Holding floss correctly is the key. Ensure you have a decent length (about 30cm) and make sure it is securely wrapped around the middle finger of each hand, leaving your index fingers and thumbs free to control it. Use a sawing motion to pass the floss between the teeth contacts and then gently rub the floss against the sides of the teeth.

The type of floss you use is really a matter of personal preference, although an un-waxed, tape style is usually easier to use if your teeth are very close together.

Correct Brushing Technique

When brushing your teeth position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, aiming the bristles of your brush toward the gum line. It is important to place about a third of the bristles on the gum to minimise force directed to the gum line, which can lead to recession of the gums. We recommend power toothbrushes for more consistent plaque removal.

Once you have the brush at the correct angle, all you need to do is jiggle the brush gently back and forward, only brushing one or two teeth at a time.

Be systematic, watch yourself in the mirror and most importantly, ALWAYS use a soft-bristled toothbrush!

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