Tips for Brushing & Flossing

Tips for Brushing & Flossing
Posted on 01/11/2021
Proper Cleaning

Brushing & Flossing 101

How important is it to brush and floss?  How often should we do it? What is the correct way? 

One of the most common instructions we receive from our dentists is to brush and floss everyday, at least morning and night. And they’re not wrong. Brushing and flossing are necessary to clean your mouth from plaque, food particles, and bacteria. However, many don’t know how to do it correctly, and often dismiss how often we should be flossing. Here are our tips to make sure your oral health, and your smile, will shine for a lifetime.

Here are our most essential tips when it comes to brushing and flossing.

1.) Brush for 2 minutes each session. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least 2 minutes each session with fluoride toothpaste. This time length should allow you to remove enough food and plaque (a white film that forms on your teeth and that contains bacteria). During the day, while we’re eating and drinking, the bacteria in the plaque build up and produce acids that can attack tooth enamel. This acid can break down the tooth enamel, which causes cavities. If plaque isn’t removed by brushing, tarter can build up- which leads to gum disease. This is why brushing for at least 2 minutes is essential.

2.) Think about changing your diet. I know, it’s hard, but eating a balanced diet is important for your overall health. Sugary foods and carbonated drinks (such as soda) produces acids that the bacteria love to build up on- which breaks down the tooth enamel. It’s important to eat sweets in moderation.

3.) Consider using an electric toothbrush. A study did show that electric toothbrushes are more effective when it comes to cleaning teeth and gums. However, if you choose to use a manual toothbrush, make sure to clean your mouth thoroughly each session. 

4.) Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. If you notice that the bristles on your brush are frayed, it means it’s time to get a new one. 

5.) Do not ignore flossing. Flossing is necessary because it helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line, which a toothbrush can’t reach. Researchers have found that moderate flossing plus brushing can reduce mild gum disease, gingivitis, and prevent plaque build-up (which also prevents tooth decay). 

6.) Examine your mouth while flossing. Flossing allows you to regularly examine your mouth for any swelling, redness, or lumps; which could be signs of other diseases. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact your dentists and/or doctor and ask for a check up. Early detection of anything can save you from complications in the future and can also prevent anything detrimental to your health.

There is no question that both brushing and flossing are important for your health. It’s all about doing it in the correct way and fitting it into your daily lifestyle. Just like physical health, oral health is extremely important to upkeep, which means putting in the work. Regardless of what toothbrush or floss you use, it’s important to do these regimens everyday in order to get that perfect smile. 

Contact Your General Dentist in Denver

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email. Dr. Tim Wachuta and our staff have the experience and knowledge about everything brushing, flossing, and so much more! We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve that perfect smile you’ve always wanted!

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

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