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The correct way to brush and floss your teeth

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During your regular dental check-up, your visit becomes a moment of truth because  you’re thinking your efforts are best enough in keeping your teeth healthy, but your dentist will ask you: “What type of floss and toothbrush are you using?”, “How much time does it take you to floss and brush your teeth?”, and “Are you correctly brushing and flossing your teeth?” These are some of the possible questions that your dentist will have to ask you to find out if you are correctly brushing and flossing your teeth.

It is not how frequent you brush and floss your teeth, but if you are observing the proper way to brush and floss. Brushing and flossing regularly is not a guarantee that your mouth is healthy and is free from oral diseases. Most of the time, patients would always insist that they are brushing and flossing every day, but their habits do not reflect the current situation of their oral health.

Here are some brushing and flossing tips that you might find useful:

1. Brush and floss twice to thrice a day or every after meals.
2. Brush at a 45-degree angle to allow the bristles to remove bacteria on the gum-line.
3. Refrain from brushing a repetitive up and down motion. Instead, practice brushing on circular strokes.
4. Use a soft or medium bristled toothbrush to prevent erosion of the teeth’s enamel.
5. Ask your dentist what kind or brand of toothpaste and floss he/she recommends you to use.
6. When flossing, 12-inch floss is enough for you to cover your whole mouth.
7. Do not use excessive force when flossing to avoid gum bleeding.
8. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well to prevent bad breath.

For more tips on how to properly brush and floss your teeth, you might consider scheduling a visit with your dentist or your dental hygienist. Always remember: “Poor oral health care can result in poor overall health.”

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    How to Properly Brush and Floss

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    860 Summit St. #134 Elgin, IL 60120

    When a patient visits his dentist for a regular dental check-up, the appointment becomes a moment of truth because often even though the patients think that his efforts are good enough to maintain the health of his teeth, the dentist will say otherwise. “How often do you brush your teeth?”, “Do you take time to floss?”, “What kind of toothbrush and floss do you use?” These are some of the questions that your dentist will ask to find out whether you observe proper brushing and flossing techniques and practices.

    You see, it is not always about the frequency of your brushing technique, but the quality of your effort. That you are brushing regularly is never a guarantee of health. Often patients would argue that they brush and floss everyday, but their habits do not exactly reflect on the condition of their oral cavity.

    proper brushing and flossing tips elgin

    Take note of the following brushing and flossing tips for you to practice:

    a) Proper tooth brushing

    Plaque collects in the mouth on a daily basis and it actively forms as a result of bacterial combination with sugar and saliva. Ideally, one should be able to brush his teeth every time after he or she eats, but when it cannot be done, regular brushing for at least twice or thrice a day is acceptable.

    Contrary to what many people believe, one is supposed to brush not following a repetitive up and down or sideward motion, but a small circular stroke. This movement effectively massages the teeth and gums, scrubbing teeth effectively, to make it smooth.

    Direct the bristles of the toothbrush towards the boundary of the gums and the teeth, in a 45-degree angle. This will allow the bristles to access the sulcus, ridding the mouth of any subgingival build-up.

    Effective brushing is not achieved by a hard bristled-toothbrush; in fact, this will abrade tooth structure. Toothbrushes with soft or medium bristles can very well clean your teeth.

    Choose toothpaste that has very helpful components. There are properly medicated toothpastes that have ingredients that promote health and prevent disease. Some examples of ingredients to look for are: fluoride and xylitol.

    b) Correct flossing

    When flossing, take about 12-inches of the floss. This is sufficient length to properly access even the most posterior tooth in the mouth, with one end coiled around the index finger of one hand and the other end held by two fingers on the other.

    Make sure to pass slowly from the tip of the tooth to the area by the gums, following the curvature of the one tooth and then passing the other tooth.

    It does become slippery, so it would pass easily through the space in between teeth, so it is best for teeth with very tight connection with each other.

    Flossing is merely an adjunct to brushing. You should floss, first, to eliminate any trapped food particles so that the teeth can be brushed more effectively, after. Since it is merely an adjunct, it is not exactly necessary for you to floss every time you brush your teeth. Doing it once a day or a few times a week is enough.

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      Sunday Appointment only