Am I Brushing and Flossing Properly?

Am I Brushing and Flossing Properly?

You probably assume that if you’re brushing your teeth at least once a day, that’s probably all you need to do. But the truth is that the ins and outs of proper oral hygiene require a little bit more effort than that.

You need to know some essential things about how to care for your teeth properly. Knowing the correct ways to brush and floss your teeth can significantly impact your overall oral health. In this blog, Dr. Anette Betancor of Dente Complete Dentistry explains more about the essentials.

Why brushing and flossing are important

You probably already know that brushing and flossing your teeth is crucial, but you may not know why.

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day can remove the plaque and bacteria from your teeth. This can prevent dental cavities (caries) and other problems like a root canal.

Flossing your teeth is also crucial. Even though this is often the part of dental hygiene that gets the short shrift, it shouldn’t. Proper flossing can prevent gum disease, also known as gingivitis. 

If your teeth bleed due to flossing, it’s a sign that you’re not flossing regularly enough. Bleeding gums are often a sign of gum disease. With any luck, you can catch it before it becomes a problem by flossing more often.

How to brush correctly

You may think you know how to brush your teeth correctly already. You just put some toothpaste on your toothbrush and run it over your teeth, right? Not quite.

You should brush your teeth twice a day. When brushing at night, wait at least 30 minutes after eating to brush. Don’t eat again after brushing.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to the proper way to brush your teeth:

If you use an electric toothbrush, one of the advantages is that almost all of them have some indicator to time your toothbrushing to reach the two-minute interval. If you don’t have an electric toothbrush, you can use the timer function on your phone to ensure you’re brushing for long enough.

A caution: make sure you brush gently and back and forth but not in a sawing motion. Brushing too hard can wear away your tooth’s enamel, which can’t be replaced.

How to properly floss your teeth 

Floss your teeth once every day. Fortunately, proper flossing is not too complicated–but it is crucial. Failure to regularly and correctly floss your teeth can lead to gum disease and dental emergencies.

Grab a new piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wind the floss around your fingers and get between each tooth, switching to a new place on the floss for each tooth. Make sure to wrap the floss around the roots of your teeth in a C shape.

If you can’t stick with the habit of flossing, you might want to get a water flosser instead. A water flosser uses battery power to spray jets of water in between your teeth, removing the debris between your teeth. 

The first thing you need to do is start with a professional dental exam and cleaning. Contact Dr. Anette Betancor at Dente Complete Dentistry today or request an appointment online.

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