Fairfax Medical Center
10721 Main Street, Suite 2200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone:(703) 352-3900


Patient Education

Essential Care

PROPER BRUSHING
Proper brushing helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss. Use a soft-bristle brush and an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and food particles. Replace your brush every three months.

Brushing

On outer and inner surfaces, brush at a 45-degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes against the gumline.

On chewingsurfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth.

On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with toe of brush.

Brushing
Brushing
Brushing

Brush thetongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth.

Be sure to follow the special home care instructions provided by Dr. Ortega.

PROPER FLOSSING
Flossing daily removes plaque and food particles between teeth and below the gumline.

Wrap an 18-inch strand around your middle fingers and hold a one-inch section tightly.

Flossing
Flossing

Ease floss between teeth. Clean up and down several times while curving around teeth at the gumline.

Flossing Flossing

Always floss behind the last tooth. Unwind clean floss as you proceed.

Flossing
Flossing

Floss around the abutment teeth of a bridge and under artificial teeth using a floss threader.

You may experience sore or bleeding gums for the first several days you floss. If bleeding continues after the first week of flossing, call us. If you have trouble handling floss, ask Dr. Ortega about the use of a floss holder, or other types of interdental cleaning aids.


Dental Cosmetix
Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry
10721 Main Street, Suite 2200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: (703) 352-3900
DrOrtega@DentalCosmetix.com