How Important are Brushing and Flossing?

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We all know that brushing and flossing is important for our teeth, our gums and overall dental care. But sometimes its easy to forget the simple tips and tricks on how to brush and floss optimally.

Brushing Your Teeth

  • Toothbrushes come in different sizes and shapes, and start off with very small ones for toddlers, all the way up to large adult size heads. Make sure you look for a soft bristle tooth brush and that the shape and size of your toothbrush easily fits into your mouth. It should provide you with enough room to easily reach all the different areas.
  • It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
  • If you have a new toothbrush and the bristles are quick to fray, then there is a chance you could be brushing too hard.
  • It is a good practice to change out your tooth brush every 3-4 months. Just like trying to brush your hair with a hairbrush that doesn’t have proper bristles, a worn out tooth brush is equally as inefficient.
  • The toothpaste you use should be an ADA-accepted toothpaste. This is important to ensure the right amount of fluoride is in your toothpaste.

How to brush

  • Your toothbrush should be at a 45 degree angle as this is the optimal way to remove most plaque and build up.
  • Gently move the brush back and forth over your teeth.
  • Ensure you get all the surface areas including the chewing surface and the back of your teeth.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue and gently brush your gums to remove any bacteria build up.

Flossing

Flossing is an often neglected but is a vital part of maintaining proper oral health. By flossing daily you can remove plaque that is stuck in between your teeth. This is an area that your toothbrush can not reach, and unless the plaque is removed, it can contributed to tartar build up, cavities and other dental concerns.

The biggest advise we have when it comes to flossing is making sure you get it done. Flossing is one of those things most people don’t enjoy doing. It’s an easy step to neglect and put off.

Also, don’t forget that as soon as children have two teeth that touch together, you should be helping them to floss as well. Once a child reaches about 10 years old, they can then floss by themselves.

Most people don’t realize but there are actually a lot of options when it comes to what type of floss to use. Dental floss comes in different sizes (thick floss or comfort floss), waxed, unwaxed, an assortment of flavours and even pre-threaded flossers.

When it comes to brushing and flossing your teeth, make sure you have the proper tools and use them. Brushing and flossing as suggested can keep your teeth healthy and eliminate oral health concerns down the road.

So what are you waiting for? Contact any of our locations listed below and get proper treatment for your teeth and gum troubles with our highly experienced dentists:

Delta or Surrey area: Harvard Dental Centre

Burnaby or Vancouver: Happy Molar Dental Centre

Port Coquitlam or Tri-City: Port Coquitlam Dental Centre

West or North Vancouver: West Van Dental Group

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