Preventive Care in Beaverton, OR

Brushing and flossing are the two most important things you can do at home to prevent cavities and maintain your periodontal health in between visits to our Beaverton dental office. Proper brushing and flossing removes plaque that contains bacteria, which causes tooth decay.

Drs. Elise and Nathan Braxmeyer recommend brushing two to three times per day and flossing once per day to ensure optimal oral health. If you are using a manual toothbrush, use gentle pressure and pay close attention to the areas along the gum line. If you have an electric toothbrush, let it to the work for you. Simply move it from tooth to tooth.

Preventive Care Tips from Hillside Dental Care

  • Improve Your Brush Technology: It's hard to brush at the correct angle with traditional toothbrushes and patients tend to brush too hard and not long enough. With an electric toothbrush, the timer will help you brush for the correct length of time, as well as correct pressure and angle. 
  • Try Mouthwash: If brushing and flossing aren’t enough, you can use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach.
  • Stay Healthy from the Inside Out: Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.

 

Brushing Instructions
Flossing Instructions

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Brushing Instructions
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    Brushing: Step 1

    Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

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    Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

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    Brushing: Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

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    Brushing: Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

 

Flossing Instructions
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    Flossing: Step 1

    Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.

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    Flossing: Step 2

    Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

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    Flossing: Step 3

    Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

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    Flossing: Step 4

    Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

 

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