The best way to remove trapped food, bacteria, and plaque from your mouth is by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. If you follow a positive dental care routine, you will enjoy a beautiful smile. Here are some tips that will help you perform these tasks correctly.
Brushing is the best way to prevent tooth decay and to maintain positive gum health. It eliminates bacteria that promotes decay and gets rid of plaque that can cause gum problems.
Tips for Proper Brushing
- While brushing, use gentle circular motions. Never scrub your gums. This may cause them to recede.
- Make sure to clean the entire tooth surface. Besides the chewing surface, you should brush your tongue and cheek sides as well.
- Brush for at least two minutes.
- Use a soft brush that has rounded bristles. This tool will clean efficiently. By selecting a size and shape that fits your mouth, you will be able to reach everything with ease. If you are unsure of the correct brush, simply ask your dentist.
Flossing is crucial for your gum's health. It eliminates plaque and bacteria that cannot be brushed away. When you do not floss, more than one-third of your tooth's surface remains dirty. Bacteria tends to develop at the gum line, but flossing will keep it from causing damage.
Tips for Flossing Properly:
- Use a floss length that equals the distance from your hands to your shoulders.
- Wrap the floss around your index and middle fingers.
- When sliding the floss, wrap it in a "C" shape at the bottom of each tooth and beneath the gum line.
- Floss on both sides of every tooth.
- For most effective results, brush after flossing.
Although your gums may bleed after you begin flossing, it usually subsides within a few days. If you have extremely tight teeth, there are certain flosses available that will not shred in your mouth.
Brushing and flossing are vital to your oral health. The above tips should make the process much simpler. When performed correctly, you are sure to maintain a perfect mouth. For more dental care advice, consider consulting with Dr. Lynn Monstwil. Her entire staff is ready to help you understand the importance of brushing and flossing each day.