Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is an essential component of a healthy smile. Most people know that flossing is also important, although fewer people embrace daily flossing. Did you know, however, that there are right and wrong ways to brush and floss your teeth? The team at Premiere Dental Care would like to share some information on how you can improve your brushing and flossing habits and make the most of your smile.
Get the Timing Right
Experts recommend brushing twice a day, for at least two minutes on each occasion is best. One way to make sure that you are spending enough time brushing is to use a timer. Some electric toothbrushes have a timer integrated into the device, and will automatically stop when you have reached two minutes.
Brush, Don't Scrub
When it comes to the pressure used while brushing your teeth, less is more. It may seem more effective to really dig in and brush aggressively, but doing so can actually wear away at your tooth enamel. The best approach is to brush gently for the correct period of time with the right kind of toothbrush. You should ask your dentist what kind of toothbrush they recommend for you.
Hit All the Right Areas
Using the right pressure for the right amount of time is essential, but so is making sure that you are brushing all of the surfaces of your teeth. Many people focus the bulk of their time brushing the front of their teeth and the flat chewing surfaces of their molars. It is critical to share equal time on the back surfaces of your teeth, as well. Cavities can develop on any portion of your teeth, and the areas where the plaque is allowed to accumulate are more likely to become affected by decay.
Review Your Flossing Technique
Flossing every day is a great way to reduce the risk of tooth decay. Even if you have fallen out of the habit of flossing, it is never too late to incorporate flossing into your daily oral hygiene approach. Use a length of floss that is around 18 inches long, and gently slide the floss back and forth between your teeth. Be sure to move the floss slightly below your gum line, but don't force it or break the surface of your gum tissue.
Choose the Right Floss
You have two basic choices when it comes to the type of floss you use in your daily routine. Nylon floss is created from many different strands twined together. It is available either waxed or unwaxed, and it can unwind or shred during use. Monofilament floss costs a bit more, but many people find it easier to maneuver between teeth and more durable than nylon. Either choice will effectively remove plaque if used properly.
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