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Brushing and Flossing

Brush & Floss for Healthy Teeth

Oral Hygiene

We have all inherited a different set of teeth; some have inherited remarkably strong teeth, while others have inherited teeth with dental problems. A few minutes a day, devoted to thoroughly cleaning your teeth, will give you a lifetime of smiles.


Brushing and flossing every day is the most effective way to remove plaque. Plaque is the sticky, colourless film of bacteria which constantly forms on your teeth, which, if left undisturbed, forms the hard deposits called tartar, or calculus and is responsible for cavities and gum disease.

How to Brush Properly

To keep your teeth clean and plaque-free, practice the following brushing techniques daily:

  1. Use a toothbrush with soft rounded-tip bristles. Hard bristles may harm your teeth and gums. Choose a toothbrush that will allow you to reach each tooth comfortably. Children will need a smaller toothbrush. A worn-out toothbrush cannot clean your teeth properly; you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4months or if it begins to fan out.
  2. Gently tilt you toothbrush bristles at a 45 degree angle toward the gums, so you can reach the food debris just under the gum line. Massage the gum line in each spot with a gently circular motion and then sweep the bristles across the tooth surface away from the gum. Clean both the front and gum line this way.
  3. Brush down on your top teeth and up on your bottom teeth to prevent recession.
  4. Work the bristles into the grooves of the chewing surfaces of your teeth.
  5. To remove bacteria and freshen your breath, don’t forget to gently brush your tongue

Remember to brush long enough and thoroughly enough to remove the plaque from your teeth. Don’t substitute short durations with heavy scrubbing as this will cause recession.

Ideally, one should brush after every meal and snack. These days, this is hard to do because of our busy lifestyles. It is important that you brush at least twice a day, and the most effective time to brush is before bed.

How to Floss Properly

Brushing cleans the surface of your teeth, but you need to floss to get between the teeth where brushing cannot.

Flossing prior to brushing removes plaque between the teeth so that the foam of the fluoridated toothpaste can contact the in between surfaces of the teeth to help remineralize weakened areas.

The following is the most effective way to floss:

  1. Break off about 18 inches of floss, for children, a pieceas long as their arm.
  2. Wrap the floss around the middle finger of each hand.
  3. Hold about an inch of floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger.
  4. Pull the floss between each tooth using a gentle “sawing” motion.
  5. Curve the floss tightly around your teeth at the gum line and gently scrape the sides of each tooth, moving the floss away from your gums. Remember to do the backside of your last tooth.

If you are just beginning to floss your teeth, your gums may be tender or bleed. This is normal. As the plaque is being broken up and the bacteria removed, your gums will heal. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after the first two weeks, contact you dentist. Remember to always be gentle when inserting your floss between your teeth and under the gum line. Never force or snap the floss into the gums.

Regular dental care is very important because even if you brush and floss thoroughly, some areas may be missed. Also, some people develop tartar more quickly than others. Therefore, it is essential to have your teeth cleaned and checked every 6 months.


Panatella Dental
650, 1110 Panatella Blvd. NW
Calgary, AB, T3K 0S6

Phone: 403-226-4788
Fax: 403-226-4791

Hours of Operation

Monday 07:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Tuesday 07:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Wednesday 07:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Thursday 07:00 AM - 08:00 PM

Friday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Saturday 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Sunday Closed


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We proudly provide general, family, and cosmetic dental services to residents of the following neighborhoods of NW Calgary:

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  • Hidden Valley

  • Hanson Ranch

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