How to Properly Brush and Floss

We cannot overemphasize just how important brushing and flossing are to oral hygiene. There are no doubts about the fact that having professional dental cleanings to remove bacteria, tartar, and plaque, twice a year is a good move, it is also good to have good dental hygiene standards at home too. With proper brushing and flossing, your smile and mouth can enjoy some healthy enhancements. Here’s how to brush properly:

  • The toothbrush should be placed at a 45-degree angle for effective cleaning of the part where the teeth and gum meet.
  • Small and gentle circular motions should be used when brushing the teeth and gumline.
  • Too much pressure should not be applied to the teeth when brushing, as it can damage the enamel and the gums.
  • Every surface of the teeth should be brushed properly, especially the surfaces of the teeth at the back
  • The chewing surfaces should be brushed with back and forth strokes.
  • The tongue should be brushed in order to remove food, debris, and floss.

How to Floss Properly

Flossing is an effective way to remove plaque from the tiny gaps between our teeth, and it helps prevent periodontal disease from happening.

  • The floss should be about 18 inches long
  • The floss should be worked gently to avoid hurting the gum
  • Move the floss up and down carefully, and severally, in order to remove debris and interdental plaque.

Prevention of Periodontal Disease

This is a condition that gets serious with time and can lead to different dental issues like jawbone recession, gum recession, and tooth loss. The disease is caused by the presence of plaque toxins, and if not treated, can lead to health complications. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is via the removal of tartar (calculus) and plaque from the tooth with the aid of a toothbrush, and also the use of dental floss in interdental areas.

Prevention of Tooth Decay

According to studies, this is one of the major things that cause tooth loss and may require dental procedures that are complex. Tooth decay is as a result of acid found in plaque eroding the teeth’s enamel. Prevention of this is by having proper dental hygiene.

Prevention of Staining

Yellowing of the teeth or staining is caused by different things including things like tea, coffee, and cigarettes. The best way to prevent staining is to remove the staining agents regularly by brushing and flossing.

Prevention of Halitosis

Halitosis (bad breath) is usually as a result of old food particles that are still between the teeth, and the best way to deal with this is by brushing and flossing as regularly as possible.

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