Brushing & Flossing



Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.

Brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles and plaque:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner
  • At bedtime

As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. Do not swallow any toothpaste. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after you finish brushing. It is important to carefully floss and brush daily for optimal oral hygiene.


For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque. Dental floss is a thin thread of waxed nylon that is used to reach below the gum line and clean between teeth. It is very important to floss between your teeth every day.

Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out any food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.

Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, let a staff member know at your next appointment.

Diet Control

The teeth, bones and soft tissues of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimize and avoid cavities and other dental problems. Consumption of foods that contain sugars and starches should be decreased. These foods can include candies, cookies, chips and crackers. Healthier foods, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and cheeses, help promote stronger teeth.

Dental Visits

You should visit your general dentist twice a year (once every six months). In order to maintain a healthy smile, it is vital to have professional cleanings and regular check-ups. Your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment. If you have a dental emergency, you should call your dentist immediately.

Nicole Mermet, DMD

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Dr. Nicole Mermet is a dentist serving the Midtown, New York, NY area, conveniently near Bryant Park and Grand Central Station. Dr. Mermet is highly proficient in all of the areas covered by general dentistry, including teeth whitening, Invisalign, TMJ treatment, periodontal disease treatment, bridges & crowns, and much more. She is particularly skilled in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry. Thanks to Dr. Mermet's compassionate, patient, and warm approach to patient care, patients of all types seek her out today in her relaxing and comfortable setting. She is adept at helping children and adults with dental phobias feel comfortable while they are receiving dental treatments.

Dr. Mermet earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Mermet completed her general dental practice residency at the Veterans Administration in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Mermet has a passion for dentistry and loves her patients. Call anytime to arrange an appointment!





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At Metropolitan Dental Care, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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