Tips for Brushing and Flossing Correctly
- Posted on: Nov 28 2018
No one really likes going to the dentist, but it is a necessity. Your oral health is important and can impact your physical health in a number of different ways. If you’re able to keep your teeth and gums in good condition, though, you’ll only need to see your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups.
That’s why it’s important that you know how to properly brush and floss. Doing so will help you not only remain healthy and pain-free but will also help you avoid procedures such as root canals and tooth extractions. Here are some tips for brushing and flossing that will help you maintain and even improve your oral health.
Brush at an Angle
Most people brush with the bristles of their toothbrush flat against their teeth. That’s not the proper way to brush because the bristles miss the bacteria and germs living along the gumline. Instead, brush holding the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards the gumline. This way, the brush will be able to reach the gums, the surface of the teeth, and the tops of the teeth.
Don’t Use a Lot of Pressure
Some people brush very hard and use a lot of pressure, but this can actually hurt your gums. You don’t need to press that hard at all. Instead, you should feel the bristles moving against your gums and teeth, but that’s it.
Flossing regularly is important because, while the bristles can get somewhat between your teeth, they can’t reach all the way in between them. That’s what flossing does. Flossing regularly doesn’t mean flossing every time you brush your teeth. However, you should floss once a day. It doesn’t have to take very long, either. Once you’re used to flossing, it will only take you a few minutes.
Floss Holders Are Great!
There is no difference between floss that comes in the small plastic box and the picks or holders that are small, pre-strung pieces of floss. While floss by itself is much cheaper, you may find it easier to use the pre-strung picks. There’s nothing wrong with that!
Don’t Forget to Rinse
Finally, after you brush and floss, don’t forget to rinse out your mouth. You don’t have to use mouthwash, either. Just swish some water around in your mouth to get rid of any food particles and plaque that may have come loose from your teeth while you were brushing.
Want more tips for brushing and flossing? Contact Dr. Laurence A. Langer, D.D.S., today to talk about brushing or to make an appointment.