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Am I Brushing And Flossing Correctly?

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Jeff Rubel

Am I Brushing And Flossing Correctly? | Coral West DentalEveryone knows that the best way to keep your mouth healthy and clean is by brushing and flossing every day. We’re given this information as children, so it probably isn’t a surprise to anyone. When you eat food, bacteria gathers in your mouth. Bacteria is the leading cause of most oral issues, so although it’s inevitable that you’ll have bacteria in your mouth, the idea is to reduce the amount before it starts to negatively affect your teeth and gums. The general rule is that you should brush your teeth after every meal, although twice a day is the absolute minimum. Even if you’re following this rule, you might not be using the right technique, which lowers the effectiveness of your brushing. In order to get the most out of your good oral hygiene habits, make sure you’re brushing and flossing correctly. Read on to find out if you are.

The first thing to do is make sure you’re using the right tools. Your toothbrush should be a comfortable size for your mouth. If it’s too big, you might not be able to get into all the corners where bacteria has been known to accumulate. Another thing you want to check is that the bristles on your brush aren’t too worn out. It’s recommended that you get a new brush every three months to avoid the bristles becoming too worn. The toothpaste you’re using should contain fluoride. It’s also a good idea to follow your brushing and flossing with a mouthrinse. If you do choose to do this, make sure yours has the ADA (American Dental Association) seal on it, and that it also contains fluoride.

Apply your toothpaste and begin brushing. You’ll want to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle and brush using small, circular movements. Brush throughout your entire mouth, including the front teeth, back teeth and basically anywhere that food might accumulate when you’re chewing. Be sure to get the spaces in between your teeth and gums. Bacteria often gathers in these small spaces, so it’s important to pay attention to them. If you run out of toothpaste while brushing, reapply. Brush for around 2 minutes, and spit. It’s not a good idea to rinse after brushing, with either water or mouth rinse, until about 30 minutes after. This is to retain the fluoride that you just applied to your teeth with your brush.

Flossing is fairly simple. Make sure that you’re not hurting your gums, since that would defeat the entire purpose. Your gums might bleed while you floss. This is a sign of gum disease, and doesn’t necessarily mean that you should stop. It likely means that you’ve been out of habit for a while, and need to be more consistent. Continue clearing the space between your each tooth, gently. There’s no reason to be rough with the floss, precision is more important. If you feel any pain, you’re probably being a bit too vigorous.

If you have any special oral hygiene needs, ask your dentist about which products are best for your specific case.

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