Brushing and flossing your teeth properly can help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. Even though these things are not difficult to do daily, they often get done in a rush and not completed properly.
Brushing and flossing at least once every day can help cavities, prevent gum infections, and tooth loss. The ADA also says that you should also have your teeth cleaned and checked by a dentist at least once a year. Even with brushing correctly, tartar and plaque can still build up over time and cause gum problems, so make sure to have your dental hygienist clean your teeth once per year as well.
To brush correctly:
- Brush in the morning and before going to sleep.
- If you can afford the cost, buy and use an electric toothbrush, if not, use a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with short, back-and-forth strokes. Replace your toothbrush when it’s worn or frayed about every 3 months or 4 months, experts say. You should also get a new toothbrush after you have had a cold, strep throat, or similar illness.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45° angle against your gums and brush each tooth 15 times to 20 times.
- Move the brush gently, using short strokes. Don’t scrub.
- Brush the outer tooth surfaces using short, back-and-forth strokes.
- Brush the inner upper-front teeth by brushing vertically against them using short, downward strokes. Use short, upward strokes for lower inside teeth.
- Do not store your toothbrush in a closed container or cover it, that can encourage growth of microorganisms.
Flossing with care
Flossing properly prevents gum disease and helps remove plaque and food particles stuck between your teeth. Our goal at Fox Family Dentistry is to provide you with the very best dental care service in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. Whether you need general dental work or an entire smile makeover, Dr. Fox and the team at Fox Family Dentistry believe you should be treated with the respect, friendliness, and the skill you expect. Click here to schedule your appointment with Fox Family Dentistry of Shreveport Louisiana.