Bruce Apfelbaum, D.M.D.
Main Line 
Quality Dentistry since 1976
Bryn Mawr , Pa.  19010

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                            Brushing & Flossing Instructions

BRUSHING

I. Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums.
II. Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
III. Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back & forth rolling motion. Move brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
IV. Maintain a 45-degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth, and rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.
V. Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up & down strokes using the front half of the brush.
VI. Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth & use a gentle back & forth scrubbing motion. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.

FLOSSING
 Use about 18 inches of unwaxed floss.  Wrap the floss around the middle finger of each hand at about the level of the first joint. Develop a large floss arc. 
  Develop a smaller working arc using the thumb and forefinger as guides for the floss. Now move the working arc into position between each pair of teeth.  At this point, please remember that we wish to clean the teeth- not damage the gums.  Never force or snap the floss arc through tight areas.  Rather, direct the working arc through the contact by moving it gently back and forth. 
  Move the working arc to the base of each tooth- beneath the free margin of the gum- and floss each tooth only until it squeaks.  Use an up-and-down wrap around motion. 
  This action will remove debris and disorganize the bacterial colonies which have formed during the last 24 hours. The squeak means the tooth is clean.  
 

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                               Quality Dentistry Since 1976 

101 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 230

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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