If you are committed to a daily brushing and flossing routine, you are not just keeping your teeth clean, but you are also using an important tool for the prevention of harmful oral diseases. It’s important to use proper tools and techniques to get the maximum benefits from your brushing and flossing.
In combination with semi-annual checkups and professional tooth cleanings at your dentist, brushing and flossing are essential to preserving a healthy smile.
Oral Hygiene And Disease Prevention
The most important function of brushing and flossing is to minimize the presence of oral bacteria, which can cause diseases like tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing help to disrupt the formation of plaque and tartar, which harbor such bacteria.
Both brushing and flossing are necessary, as the former removes bacteria from the visible surfaces of the teeth, while the latter dislodges bacteria from areas missed by a toothbrush, such as the points where the teeth meet and the area along the gumline.
Brushing And Flossing: Proper Tools And Techniques
There are a number of elements incorporated in a successful brushing and flossing practice, including the following:
- Toothbrush: Your toothbrush should be soft-bristled, and you should swap it out every three months to make sure it’s not overly worn.
- Toothpaste: Use a fluoridated toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval.
- Floss: Waxed floss is recommended. Use a floss threader if you need to navigate around appliances such as braces or a dental bridge.
- Technique: Angle your tooth along the gumline and work upward along the tooth’s surface. Check with your hygienist if you have any questions about this aspect of oral hygiene.
Professional Care: Another Important Piece Of The Puzzle
Even if you are dedicated to your daily oral hygiene routine, you still need to see your dentist at least twice each year for an exam and tooth cleaning. There may be areas of your smile where it’s difficult for you to reach on your own to clean thoroughly.
A dental hygienist will have a better angle on those spots and can also use professional-grade instruments to remove any tartar buildup, which can’t be eliminated with brushing and flossing alone.
Check with our knowledgeable staff to make sure that you are getting the most out of your brushing and flossing regimen. And be sure to keep on track with your semi-annual checkups. If it’s been more than six months since your last office visit, call DeSanti & Linden Dentistry today to set up an appointment.