As a dentist Ross Township patients trust for their teeth whitening and oral hygiene needs we often get asked about brushing and flossing. It only takes one or two cavities for a patient to realize that they may need to fine tune their hygiene regimen. Brushing and flossing isn’t difficult, but it is important to do it right. That way, you can avoid cavities and keep your smile looking great year after year.
Flossing and brushing are daily habits that are necessary in order to fulfill your oral hygiene needs. Floss at least one time every day. This removes bacteria and food particles from between your gums and teeth. Brushing needs to take place twice each day and for 2 minutes each time. In addition to brushing and flossing at home, we recommend you visit our Ross Township dentist two times a year for a professional cleaning.
Have the right tools
The ADA suggests that a toothbrush be replaced every 3 or 4 months. This is so that the bristles are in working order. It also keeps germs from making themselves at home. If you see the flu virus or cold circling your home over and over, it may just be from an old toothbrush… (Though, it wouldn’t hurt to give everything a good deep clean as well.)
Have flossers, water flossers, or string floss available to everyone. Flossing is a necessary step in taking care of everyone’s oral hygiene needs. It prevents bad breath, cleans your teeth, and keeps your gums healthy.
Don’t forget your tongue
The last item to include in your hygiene routine is your tongue. Brush your tongue once you’ve finished with your teeth or use a tongue scraper. This helps remove bacteria from your mouth which often causes bad breath. If you want your oral health to remain in good standing, this is one step to add into your regimen.
Our Ross Township dentist and staff want you to have the best smile and oral health possible. We’re always on hand to help you practice the correct techniques and can show you areas that might need some extra attention. Our Facebook page has more information regarding our services or we can discuss brushing and flossing at your next appointment. Until then, keep up the great work and happy smiles to all!