A Dental Routine to Keep Your Mouth Healthy
Even conscientious brushers and flossers can miss a spot on their teeth. Others don’t bother to floss, or if they do, they’re not doing it the right way. It’s important to know the best way to brush and floss so you can keep your teeth and mouth in great shape.
How to Brush Properly
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. Choose a toothbrush with soft or extra-soft bristles and make sure to change it when required. That’s either every three to four months, when the bristles are frayed or after you’ve been sick. To ensure your teeth are clean, follow these steps:
• Use a pea-sized dab of fluoridated toothpaste
• Place the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45 angle along your gum line
• Brush using a back and forth or circular motion
• Spend an equal amount of time brushing the inside, outside and chewing surfaces of your teeth
• Don’t rinse after spitting out the toothpaste. The fluoridated residue will continue to protect your teeth from decay.
How to Floss the Right Way
Not flossing leaves 40 per cent of the surface of your teeth vulnerable to plaque and tartar buildup, possibly leading to gum disease and tooth decay. Here’s how to floss properly:
• Wind about 18 inches of floss around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your hands
• Gently slide the floss between your teeth
• Wrap it around the base of each tooth and under the gum line as far as you can
• Repeat on both sides of each tooth, including the back of the last molars
Brushing and Flossing with Braces
Orthodontic treatments like braces can complicate brushing and flossing, but that doesn’t mean you should skip any steps. You just need to learn the right techniques. Here’s what to do:
• Before brushing, rinse your mouth with water to remove food debris from the brackets and wires of your braces
• Take off elastics and any other removable part of your braces
• Brush in the way described above, taking care to also clean the brackets and wires of your braces
• Use a floss threader or self-threading floss to clean between your gums and braces
Don’t Forget Regular Visits to Your Langley Dental Clinic
The best dental routine should include visiting your local dental clinic for oral exams and professional cleanings twice a year. Make an appointment with your Langley dentist today.