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.”