One the simplest things that makes the largest difference in our health is some coaching on the best way we can brush and floss. Ultimately, it is what we do every day at home that makes the biggest difference for our oral health.
We recommend you brush your teeth along the gumline. Specifically, this means angling the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle toward the gumline, and gentle strokes in little circles around the mouth. Be sure to brush the outsides, insides and tops of teeth. Using this technique, it also means that you’ll be brushing the gums — this is important as well.
For flossing, we recommend what’s called the C-shape or the hugging technique. As you gently pass the floss between the teeth, wrap the floss around the side of one of the teeth. Gently rub the floss between the tooth and the gum, and repeat the same for the tooth on the other side. Whether you floss before or after you brush really does not matter, the important thing is just to floss.
Check out this simple guide from the American Dental Association.