The Right Way to Brush and Floss

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Although everyone knows that brushing their teeth daily is a necessity, some might not know that there is a specific way to brush to ensure healthy gums and teeth. When you’re young, it may seem like brushing your teeth is only to prevent bad breath, but there are many more health benefits that stem from correctly brushing and flossing your teeth. However, your teeth aren’t truly healthy until you’ve visited your local San Diego dentist for a checkup.

Using Effective Oral Care Equipment

The Right Way to Brush and FlossOne of the first steps to take towards improving oral hygiene is choosing the right equipment to clean your teeth. You should always purchase a soft-bristled brush and make sure the size and shape of the brush is the appropriate size for your mouth. Picking the right size ensures that all areas of your mouth can be reached easily. You should also consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, which can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease more than a regular toothbrush can. 

Steps to Correctly Brush Your Teeth 

It’s not uncommon to rush brushing your teeth in the morning, but it’s very important to take the time to do a thorough cleaning at least twice daily. There is a specific way to brush your teeth effectively. First, one must position the toothbrush at a forty-five-degree angle to the gums. Second, when brushing it’s important to move the brush back and forth in tooth-wide strokes. Some people might only brush the outer surfaces of the teeth, but properly cleaning the teeth requires also brushing the inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces. When cleaning the inner surfaces of the front teeth, you should tilt the toothbrush vertically and stroke up-and-down. 

Maintaining Oral Care Equipment

After brushing, it’s important to thoroughly rinse the toothbrush with water to remove all of the bacteria from in between the bristles. It’s also very important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or once the bristles weaken. Using an old toothbrush won’t benefit your mouth because it won’t properly scrub away all of the plaque and bacteria. When placing the toothbrush in a holder, make sure it doesn’t touch other toothbrushes in order to avoid cross-contamination. To do this, some people wrap their toothbrushes with tissue or use a toothbrush cover. However, you shouldn’t constantly use a cover because a covered toothbrush stimulates the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast. 

How to Floss Effectively

Flossing is also a very important preventative care method because there are certain areas that a toothbrush can’t reach like under the gum line. When flossing, one should gently rub the floss in between the teeth and curve the floss once it reaches the gum line. If using floss is too difficult for some, there are other interdental cleaners available, like dental picks, pre-threaded flossers, tiny brushes, water flossers, or wooden plaque removers. 

San Diego Dentist

Practicing a daily oral care routine is a vital preventative care method to maintaining a healthy mouth, fresh breath, and a beautiful smile. Having dental checkups at least twice a year is also an important preventative care method. At McBride Dental, we recommend our patients visit us at least twice a year so that we can examine their mouths and possibly prevent any oral diseases before they require extensive treatment. If you’re concerned about your oral health, contact us at 760-471-1003 to schedule an appointment. 

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