How to Properly Brush & Floss
When it comes to oral hygiene, flossing and brushing are of critical importance. Though periodic professional dental cleanings are known to remove debris, tartar, and plague, homecare routines are great too. Flossing properly results in cleaner teeth, more sparkling smile, as well as prevents severe diseases.
Here’s why flossing and brushing are important:
- Prevention of tooth decay – most tooth losses are caused by tooth decay, and complex dental procedures are required to treat it. Tooth decay occurs as a result of the acids in the plague eroding the natural teeth enamel. You can prevent this phenomenon by adopting excellent home hygiene methods.
- Prevention of periodontal disease – Periodontal disease is a severe condition that can gradually lead to jawbone recession, gum recession, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease occurs as a result of toxins in plague. An effective way to prevent periodontal disease is to use a toothbrush to remove plague from the surface of the tooth.
- Prevention of halitosis – halitosis or bad breath occurs when food particles are trapped between the teeth. Regular flossing and brushing can help remove these particles, resulting in a healthier mouth and fresher breath.
- Prevention of staining – factors such as smoking, tea, and coffee can cause staining or yellowing. Removing these agents regularly by flossing and brushing will ensure that stains do not become permanent.
The Proper Way to Brush
You should brush your teeth twice daily (morning and night). A small toothbrush with rounded-end bristles is ideal for the teeth. The brush should also not be more than three months old. The head of the brush should be small so that it can access the corners of the mouth, and its brittles should be soft and gentle on the gums. Electric toothbrushes have been given the nod by the American Dental Association (ADA). According to the ADA, those with rotating heads are better than regular toothbrushes.
Here’s a simple guide to effective brushing:
- Make sure the toothbrush meet the gums and the teeth at an angle of 45 degrees
- Brush gumline and teeth gently in a circular motion
- Never apply excessive pressure to the teeth to avoid damaging the tooth enamel and gums
- Brush every side of the tooth, as well as tongue-side, chewing-side, and cheek-side
- Brush chewing surfaces using back and forth strokes
- Brush the tongue to get rid of debris, food, and fungi
The Proper Way to Floss
Flossing helps in the removal of plague that forms between the teeth. Flossing is effective at preventing periodontal disease. It is hard to touch the interdental regions with a toothbrush, so, cleaning with dental floss every day is recommended. It is also important that you choose with a pleasant flavor.
Here’s a simple guide to effective flossing:
- Trim a piece of floss to about 18 inches long
- Wrap both ends of the floss around the middle fingers of your left and right hand until the distance between the hands is around 2-3 inches
- Gently work the floss between the gum line and the teeth
- Make the floss into a U-shape around each tooth and let it carefully slide beneath the gum
- Gently move the floss up and down repeatedly to remove debris and interdental plaque
- Avoid popping the floss in and out between teeth to prevent inflammation of the gums
Please get in touch with our office if you have questions about flossing or brushing correctly.