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Dental Hygiene: Brushing and Flossing

Dental hygiene is essential to having not only a beautiful smile but a healthy mouth. It’s very important to tend to the teeth daily in order to prevent any oral diseases or tooth decay from developing. A consistent oral routine will help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Scheduling a checkup at the dentist twice a year, or every four months (depending on the individual), is important for dental health because a professional dentist will brush and polish the teeth and do an x-ray to make sure there aren’t any developing cavities or other issues.

Step One of Dental Hygiene

The first and most obvious step of oral hygiene is to brush the teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Each individual’s toothbrush should fit their mouth properly in order for them to reach all areas when they brush. A toothbrush Dental Hygiene: Brushing and Flossingshould be replaced every three or four months, or sooner if bristles are worn down. Worn bristles will not clean the teeth effectively.

When brushing the teeth, there is a certain technique to follow. The toothbrush should be placed at a 45-degree angle to the gums. The brush should be moved back and forth in short strokes. The inner and outer surfaces should be brushed, as well as the chewing surfaces. When cleaning the inner surfaces, one should tilt the toothbrush vertically and brush in up-and-down strokes.

Step Two of Dental Hygiene

The second step is to clean between the teeth at least once a day. This can be done by flossing or using any other dental cleaning tool specifically used to get in between the teeth. This step of interdental cleaning is important because the bacteria that develops between the teeth is tooth decaying bacteria. Cleaning these hard to reach places helps prevent gum disease.

When flossing, the first step is to break off about 18 inches and wind most of the floss around one of the middle fingers. Next, hold the floss between the thumb and forefinger. It’s important to floss in a gentle rubbing motion and not snap the floss into the gums. Once the floss touches the gum line, one must curve it into a C-like shape against the tooth, and then slide it into the area between the gum and tooth. Lastly, hold the floss against the tooth and rub the side of the tooth in up and down motions.

Completing a daily toothbrushing and flossing routine will keep the mouth healthy. However, despite good home oral care, it’s still vital that individuals receive a checkup at least twice a year by a dental professional.

At McBride Dental, we offer dental cleanings and exams to ensure our patients have the healthy teeth and beautiful smile they desire. We offer deep cleaning and polish services. We also take x-rays of the teeth to check for any current or developing oral discrepancies. If you are in need of a dental exam and cleaning, call 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment

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