Lets go over some basics.
Brushing and flossing help to prevent plaque and bacteria.
Plaque is that film that builds up on your teeth and gums most of you can feel and taste first thing in the morning. The bacteria in plaque converts food particles into acids that can turn into cavities or worse.
If you do not do a good job removing the plaque it builds up and hardens into calculus that most of you know as TARTAR buildup.
This is why seeing a dentist and having a routine cleaning is important. If you were not aware, tartar buildup will begin to destroy the gums and bone. This can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Plaque is alive and continually growing. It can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, mouthwash and other dental aids.
Now that you know the whys, lets cover brushing.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Yes twice. Once in the morning and once before you go to bed. You’d be surprised how many people only brush once.
There are a lot of tooth brushes out there, make sure it has ADA approved on it. We recommend soft bristles.
Brush gently in small circular motions and don’t be in a hurry. Don’t scrub! You could do damage to the gums by force or fast motions.
Brush all the surfaces of each tooth.
Brush or scrape your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended because they are methodical and apply equal pressure. Just place the bristles of your toothbrush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Flossing, thought we’d forget?
Not a lot of people floss until it’s time to see the dentist.
Daily flossing cleans between the teeth and under the gum line. You know, that place where all the bacteria likes to live and cause problems.
Flossing clean the spaces between teeth and gums and disrupts plaque from building up. You don’t floss, you allow them to grow.
Flossing is not complicated. Get a length of floss about an arms length. Wrap the ends around a few fingers (not too tightly or you’ll cut off the circulation) and gently insert or wiggle the floss between the teeth using a back and forth motion.
Try to floss each tooth from all angles cleaning it down to the gum line.
You can also use a floss holder if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing is important to your mouth especially after meals or when you can’t brush.
There are many over-the-counter product that all claim to be superior in one form or another. It’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on whats appropriate for you to use.