Have you always dreamed of having a perfect, shiny, white smile? Are you unsure of whether you are brushing or flossing your teeth correctly? If you answered yes to either of those questions, your trusted Port Coquitlam dentist has an advice for you! Everyone these days seems to be an expert on what exercises to do to maintain strength and conditioning but few actually know how to properly brush their teeth. How could that be? Maybe it is because of our lack of care for our teeth or maybe it’s because we just have never been taught. Regardless of the situation, if you’re not brushing and flossing correctly, you’re not getting the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine.
Regular and thorough brushing is a very important part of preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing removes bacteria that promote tooth decay and plaque that can cause gum disease. Ideally, you should brush after every meal because bacteria attack teeth just minutes after eating. However, for most this isn’t attainable but you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes 2 times a day. Brushing your teeth isn’t complicated but there is a right and a wrong way. Your local dentist in Port Coquitlam, BC prepared you a quick guide to brushing and flossing your teeth properly.
Here is a guide to brushing your teeth properly:
- Brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Guide the bristles to where the gums and teeth meet. Using a gentle, circular, massaging motion, guide the brush over the outside surfaces of your teeth. Do not scrub; gums that recede are often a result of years of brushing too hard.
- Clean the surface of every tooth. The chewing surface, the cheek side, and the tongue side all need to be given attention.
- Do not rush your brushing routine. Brushing should take between 2 and 3 minutes.
- Change up your usual brushing pattern from time to time. By brushing the same way every time, you may be missing the same spots. Keep track of what you have and haven’t brushed by splitting your teeth up into quadrants.
- Use a soft brush with rounded bristles. The right toothbrush cleans better so choose the right size and shape that allows you to reach to the back of your mouth. Ask your dentist to help you choose the right brush!
Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that has become stuck between your teeth and gums and that cannot be reached with your toothbrush. If you do not floss, you are missing more than one-third of your tooth surface. Plaque is the main cause of gum disease. Within 24-36 hours, plaque hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning. Floss at least once a day.
Here is a guide to flossing properly:
- Take a length of floss equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder and wrap it around your index and middle fingers, leaving approximately 2 inches between your hands.
- Guide the floss between your teeth and contort it into a “c” shape around the base of the tooth and under the gum line. Wipe the tooth from base to tip a few times.
- Floss both sides of every tooth. Choose a new section of floss as it wears down and begins to pick up particles
- Brush your teeth after you floss