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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I brush?
Proper brushing should take two to three minutes.  Use a timer, most people finish brushing under two minutes.

How often should I brush?
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Remember it is important to have the right brushing technique as poor brushing techniques can cause harm to the teeth and gums.

Is brushing alone enough?
NO. Good brushing is very important to help prevent dental decay and periodontal disease, however brushing alone is not enough. It is also very important to clean between your teeth. This is why flossing is so important.

How often should I floss?
You should floss every day.

What is the correct way to floss?

Wind 45cm of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 3 – 5cm length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.


Keep a 3 – 5cm length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.


Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. Gently wrap floss around the side of the tooth.


Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gumline. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss



      --Illustrations adapted by and used courtesy of the John O. Butler Company--

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