Brush Up on the Basics: How to Properly Brush and Floss
Today, you would be hard-pressed to find foods that aren’t packed with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, other sweeteners, and acids that damage our teeth. It’s no surprise that most people get cavities at a young age, and close to 48% of adults have gingivitis.
The best defense you have against oral health problems is to learn the proper ways to brush and floss.
To learn a few handy oral hygiene tips and how you can take great care of your teeth and gums, read on.
Brush and Floss Regularly, With the Best Equipment
First things first, it’s crucial that you stay on schedule with your brushing and flossing.
You need to brush your teeth twice per day and should floss once per day. Make sure to brush when you get up in the morning, and before you go to bed. You can floss between your biggest meal or before you go to bed.
Make sure to use the best oral health tools when you start to brush and floss. Buy a toothbrush that has grip, is solidly built, and is from an oral health brand that is trusted. Choose a brush with sophisticated, soft bristles.
Make sure that your floss is built with quality materials. You can choose between waxed and unwaxed floss, or floss made with polytetrafluoroethylene materials.
Use Proper Technique
Now that you know the timetables and best equipment for brushing and flossing, you need to learn some technique.
First, make sure you take your time. Rushing through your oral hygiene will cause you to miss areas or cut your gums.
You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes each session. Make sure that you hold your brush at an angle, and use tiny circles. When you floss, take it one tooth at a time, and strip food particles out of your teeth in up and down motions, rather than sawing back and forth.
Be careful not to cut your gums or press down too hard on your teeth and gums. When you floss, be mindful not to waste. You only need about a foot-and-a-half at a time and should make the most out of every inch you use.
As you brush your teeth, take the time to hit all areas of your teeth, including the front, top, and back. Pay careful attention to problem plaque areas so that you don’t let cavities breed.
Don’t forget to reach the very back of your mouth. A lot of people neglect their wisdom teeth, which leads to cavities and other oral health problems.
Find a Dentist Who Can Help
Understanding how to brush and floss is one thing, but you absolutely need the help of a dental professional that can assist you.
These dentists will give you examinations and teeth cleanings that will protect your teeth and gums. We’d be glad to help.
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