Brushing and Flossing

Your General Dentist Across Denver, Golden, & Wheat Ridge CO

The foundation of any good oral hygiene routine starts with brushing and flossing. Every dentistry professional at Gentle Smiles of Colorado will tell you the same thing: brushing and flossing at least twice a day is essential to keeping teeth healthy for a lifetime. In fact, simply brushing and flossing every day can help to prevent many common dental problems that often lead to expensive and time-consuming treatments. Here are some tips for getting more out of your daily routine.

Brushing Tips

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  1. Choose a brush with soft bristles. Many people think the harder they brush their teeth, the cleaner they are likely to be. It doesn’t have to be super fancy; it just needs to be able to do its job well.
  2. Recommended by the American Dental Association, brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes.
  3. Use small, circular motions to brush the front, top, and back side of each tooth. Be sure to reach all available areas. This should take a few minutes to complete when done thoroughly. When you are through brushing every tooth, use the bristles to also softly clean the roof of the mouth and the tongue. Do not swallow toothpaste while brushing, and remember to rinse your mouth when you are done. 
  4. For the best results, brush your teeth after every meal and before bed.
  5. Replace your toothbrush every two to three months or when the bristles start to fray.
  6. We recommend using an electric toothbrush. A study did show that electric toothbrushes are more effective when it comes to cleaning teeth and gums.
  7. Eat/drink sweets in moderation. Sugary foods and carbonated drinks (such as soda) produces acids that the bacteria love to build up on- which breaks down the tooth enamel. 

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Flossing the Correct Way

Flossing is essential to get buildup and bacteria out from between the teeth where toothbrush bristles have a difficult time reaching. Researchers have found that moderate flossing plus brushing can reduce mild gum disease, gingivitis, and prevent plaque build-up (which also prevents tooth decay). It’s important to floss regularly and implement it into your daily routine. Here are the ways to floss the correct way.

  1. Pull out a long string of floss and wrap the ends around the middle finger of each hand. Gently pull the floss between each tooth all the way to the gum line, unwrapping clean floss as you move from tooth to tooth. For the best results, come in at an angle and pull the floss back and forth as if you are polishing each tooth.
  2. Make sure to floss behind your back teeth as well.
  3. Flossing should be performed at least once a day, preferably right before bed. 
  4. If you haven’t flossed in a while, then some bleeding may occur. This should stop after flossing for a few days. If bleeding persists, then let our dental professionals know at your next checkup.

While brushing and flossing are the cornerstones to great dental hygiene, don’t forget to come see us for a checkup every six months as well. With three offices across Denver, Golden, & Wheat Ridge, CO, Gentle Smiles of Colorado is never too far. You can contact us online or over the phone by calling us in Denver at (303) 756-2770, in Golden at (303) 278-2800, or in Wheat Ridge at (303) 425-5100. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

  • Denver Office - 2709 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (303) 756-2770 Fax: (303) 758-5705
  • Golden Office - 2305 Jackson St., Golden, CO 80401 Phone: (303) 278-2800 Fax: (303) 278-8448
  • Wheat Ridge Office - 8850 W. 38th Ave., Suite D, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 425-5100

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