Brushing and flossing are both crucial for the prevention of gum disease and overall dental care. You need to brush and floss properly for you to achieve the best results. For example, proper brushing takes two minutes at least, to complete and most people probably do not brush for this duration. Actually, most people probably do not pay much attention to the complete routine for oral hygiene. You need to brush and floss using the right techniques to help you maximize your oral health. If you do not brush your teeth for even a few days, you can encourage the development of gum disease. Brushing helps to remove plaque, the main reason behind gum disease and tooth decay. Brushing one’s teeth also slows down or stops plaque formation from building up. What are the advantages of brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis?
Cleaning your teeth is still a requirement even if you eat a diet that is friendly to your dental health and rich in low-fat dairy, fibrous vegetables, and lean meats. On the other hand, you have probably indulged in some processed food or sugary foods occasionally, which is why you need to brush and floss properly. Brushing in between snacks or meals if not twice a day and flossing once each day can help you prevent oral decay, plaque buildup, and unsightly stains.
Considering brushing and flossing can both aid in the removal of food particles and plaque buildup, this guarantees whiter teeth. You should try to brush more frequently particularly after eating foods rich in carbohydrates to help keep your teeth white. When buying toothpaste, look for whitening options with the ADA approval seal.
Protecting You against Gum Disease
Gum disease is quite rampant in various forms among many people and it has damaging effects on your teeth. Flossing once daily helps to remove bacteria and food particles from areas where your toothbrush cannot reach such as between the teeth. This also prevents tartar buildup leaving you less prone to gum disease.
Tips to Help You Brush and Floss Better
– Always ensure you brush your teeth after eating and also before going to bed using a toothbrush with soft-bristles and fluoride toothpaste. You should aim for at least 2 minutes of brushing time.
– Make sure that you floss daily before going to sleep
– Visit a dentist at least twice annually for cleanings and checkups
– Brush your tongue so your breath stays fresh
You can use a timer on a stopwatch or on your smartphone to help get accustomed to brushing for two minutes. Use gentle, short strokes when brushing and pay close mind to the hard to reach teeth on the gum line and at the back of the mouth. Brush all exterior surfaces of the upper teeth and then the lower teeth followed by the inner surfaces of both the lower and upper teeth. Afterwards, brush the chewing surface on all the teeth and brush your tongue to wrap it all up with fresh breath.
With the right technique, flossing can be very easy. Pull approximately 20 inches of dental floss from your dispenser and hold the ends around your middle and index fingers. Tightly, hold the floss around individual teeth in a c-shape and move it back and forth as if you are pushing and pulling the floss up and down the sides of each tooth.
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