Brushing & Flossing
With over half of all American adults having some degree of periodontal disease, you would think that there was something that could be done to slow down this massive epidemic. The fact is, there is something you can do to help maintain and preserve your oral health, and not only is it simple and straightforward, but you can also do it in the comfort of your own home. One of the best ways you can help take care of your mouth is by making sure you are brushing and flossing regularly. If you do not know how to brush or floss, we here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry would be more than happy to teach you!
How to Brush and Floss Your Teeth Properly
We all know that brushing and flossing are important, but yet many of our patients still struggle with doing it correctly. Despite being told the value of this task, a whopping 1/3 of Americans still refuse to floss their teeth. Moreover, even more shocking, nearly one in four of us have gone two whole days without running a toothbrush over their teeth. That is unacceptable!
We do want to emphasize that we do not think you are gross or lazy, but rather, we strongly believe that you are misinformed about how to properly brush and floss and why it is so essential to your oral health. That is why we want to talk to you about it today! Brushing your teeth starts in the morning and ends in the evening, either over your bathroom sink or in your shower (which 4 percent of you admit to doing).
To properly brush, you need to first start with a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush. Add a pea-sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste to your toothbrush, then start brushing. It would help if you brushed at a 45-degree angle to your gums and make sure you brush for two minutes. Many of you are stopping too soon, so if you need to set a timer to help, that is fine! After you are done brushing your teeth, you can move on to flossing. While we recommend you brush your teeth twice per day, you only need to floss just once per day.
To floss, you need to reach for a clean segment of dental floss. Either waxed or unwaxed is fine, the choice is yours. Pull out 18 inches of floss and make sure you run it between your teeth in a C-shape. Work the floss up under your gum line to remove any trapped bacteria, buildup, and food particles. When you are done with one tooth, start again on another tooth. Make sure you use a clean portion of floss per each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria around.
We Can Help
The value of brushing and flossing cannot be overstated. It can help prevent a myriad of health issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and tooth loss. In addition to brushing and flossing, you also need to schedule regular dental appointments with us here at our office.
If you are uncertain how to brush and floss and want a reminder on how to do it properly, or you are ready to schedule your next dental exam with a cleaning with us here at Tieken Smiles Dentistry, please give us a call today at (281) 942-0444!