Bull Mountain: (503) 968-6101
11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
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Bridgeport: (503) 906-8600
18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map

Bull Mountain:
(503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
Bridgeport:
(503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map

Oral Hygiene: Brushing & Flossing


oral hygiene starts with proper brushing and flossing technique

Proper Tooth Brushing Techniques


Sometimes it is not how long you brush your teeth, but the technique that you use. You could brush your teeth for more than the recommended two minutes, but if you are not hitting the right angles, the bacteria will still reside in your mouth. Here’s a quick refresher:
•  Use back and forth motions on the chewing surfaces in order to work the food debris and bacteria out of the nooks and crannies of this surface of your teeth.
•  Use up and down motions on the rear side of your top and bottom teeth to eliminate any plaque that may be behind your teeth.
•  At a 45 degree angle, use small, circular motions on the front of all of your teeth.
•  Make sure to reach back to the posterior teeth to ensure that no food or bacteria is left behind as this is the most common place for tooth decay to begin.

Proper Flossing Techniques


Flossing is very simple and will only add a few extra minutes to your oral hygiene routine.
•  Gently position the floss between your teeth and wrap it around the tooth like a C-shape.
•  Work it up and down, taking care to get the entire tooth from top to bottom.
•  It is important to pay careful attention to the teeth that are the furthest back in your mouth, as that is where food and particles tend to hide, which could potentially lead to cavities and gum disease.

Using the right technique can help make sure that your pearly whites stay clean and shiny in between professional visits!

Time to schedule your next appointment?


Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.


Dr. Joel Fast
Dr. Rod Johnson


Bull Mountain (503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl. #10
Tigard, OR 97224



Dr. John Holland


Bridgeport (503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.
Tigard, OR 97224


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