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Mastering the Basics of Brushing and Flossing

In the realm of oral hygiene, brushing and flossing stand as the fundamental practices for maintaining dental health. At Superb Dental Care in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Reynaldo Barbon emphasizes the critical importance of these daily routines. Let’s delve into the art and science of brushing and flossing correctly.

The Significance of Proper Brushing

Brushing your teeth is about more than just moving the brush back and forth. It’s a skill that, when done correctly, can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Optimal Brushing Techniques:

  1. Choosing the Right Toothbrush: Opt for a soft-bristled brush that fits comfortably in your mouth. Consider an electric toothbrush for its efficiency in removing plaque.
  2. Proper Brushing Angles: Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. This angle allows the bristles to reach the tiny spaces between the gum line and the teeth.
  3. Gentle Circular Motions: Use gentle, circular motions to brush all surfaces of your teeth – outer, inner, and chewing surfaces.
  4. Don’t Forget the Tongue: Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper helps remove bacteria and freshen breath.
  5. Duration: Brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, to ensure thorough cleaning.

The Critical Role of Flossing

Flossing complements brushing by cleaning the tight spaces between the teeth and under the gumline where a toothbrush can’t reach.

Effective Flossing Steps:

  1. Correct Flossing Technique: Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around your middle fingers and holding it tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
  2. Gentle Insertion: Gently insert the floss between your teeth using a back-and-forth motion.
  3. Follow the Tooth Curve: Curve the floss around each tooth in a ‘C’ shape and gently slide it beneath the gumline.
  4. New Section for Each Tooth: Use a clean section of floss for each tooth to avoid re-depositing plaque.

The Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Routine Dental Cleaning and Consultation is essential. These visits allow Dr. Barbon to professionally clean areas that are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing alone, and to identify any early signs of dental issues.

Special Considerations in Dental Care

Certain dental treatments require modified oral care routines:

  • Dental Implants: Special brushes and flosses are designed to clean around implants without damaging them.
  • Veneers and Laminates: Use non-abrasive toothpaste and gentle brushing techniques to protect the surface.
  • Complete and Partial Dentures: Regular cleaning and overnight soaking are crucial for hygiene and maintenance.
  • Orthodontic Appliances: Use orthodontic flossers and interdental brushes for effective cleaning around braces.

Reinforcing Good Oral Habits in Children

For our young patients, instilling good oral hygiene habits early on is vital. This includes making brushing and flossing fun and part of a consistent daily routine.

Elevate Your Oral Hygiene with Superb Dental Care

Mastering the techniques of brushing and flossing is the cornerstone of maintaining dental health. At Superb Dental Care, we are committed to guiding our patients in Pasadena, CA, towards optimal oral hygiene practices.

Ready to step up your oral hygiene game or have specific dental care questions? Dr. Reynaldo Barbon and his team at Superb Dental Care are here to help. Call 626-844-7778 to schedule your appointment and embark on a journey towards superb dental health.


  1. American Dental Association: Brushing Your Teeth
  2. Journal of Clinical Dentistry: Effective Flossing Techniques
  3. National Institutes of Health: Oral Health in America
DR. Reynaldo Barbon State of the art equipment combines with doctors and staff dedicated to providing an uplifting dental experience to create the reputation Superb Dental Care has in our community. With a focus on family our clinic provides a full range of dental care services, from preventative care to restoration and cosmetic dentistry solutions.
testi-1 "Dr. Barbon and staff continues to show excellent professionalism and comfort to any type of procedures needed."
testi-2 "Dr. Barbon’s office is new and fresh. He has modern equipments and you can even watch a movie while getting your teeth worked on."
testi-3 "The receptionist and the rest of the staff are really friendly and personable. I brought a book with me just in case I have to wait, but they called me in right away. I did not have to wait!"
testi-4 "He did my root canal and crown the same day and stayed late on Saturday also Connie the front desk manager is very nice and friendly!!!!!"