Brushing and flossing is a crucial aspect to maintaining oral health, as it helps to remove plaque, which harbors bacteria and can lead to decay and gum disease. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with Drs. James and Mary Rose Twohig, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.

Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

  • We recommend that you brush at least twice daily for two minutes each—once after breakfast and before going to bed—and floss at least once a day. If you can fit in a third brushing, even better!
  • If you cannot brush after a snack or lunch, rinse your mouth with water, chew sugar free gum, or use a sugar free mint.
  • Always brush with a fluoridated toothpaste that has received the ADA seal.
  • Use an electric toothbrush, like the Oral B Gum Care. It has a two-minute timer, which helps you brush for the recommended time, and a small head to remove plaque from hard to reach places. 

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup at Twohig Dentistry, then it's time to contact our Albuquerque dental practice and schedule your next appointment!

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!

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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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